The South Dakota State University (SDSU) Agronomy and Conservation Club is organized through the SDSU Student’s Association, and works with the Agronomy, Horticulture, and Plant Science Department to give students opportunities and experiences to learn about the fields of agronomy and precision agriculture, develop leadership skills, provide service to the community, as well as giving students the opportunity to meet other students and Agronomy, Horticulture, and Plant Science faculty. The club has approximately 60–70 members, most of which have an agricultural major. The SDSU Agronomy and Conservation Club is a chapter of the American Society of Agronomy-Students of Agronomy, Soil, and Environmental Sciences (ASA-SASES), is affiliated with the South Dakota Soil and Water Conservation Society (SDSWCS), and is a student chapter of the international Soil and Water Conservation Society.
The Agronomy Club holds monthly business meetings. An agricultural business professional usually comes in and speaks about their industry, as well as career opportunities for students. We usually also have an activity following the business meeting to allow agricultural students to get to know each other better and to serve the community. The SDSU Agronomy Club also collects, mounts, and sells crop and weed plants and seeds to regional FFA chapters and 4-H clubs as a fundraiser, as well as to raise awareness of the field of agronomy. Other activities the Agronomy and Conservation Club participate in include: the ABS College Ice Cream Social in August, Christmas party, Little International in March, the President’s Day trip in February to learn about agricultural businesses, attending and hosting regional (spring) and national (fall) ASA-SASES meetings, HOBO Day in October, and holding two picnics (one at the beginning of the academic year, and one at the end).
The SDSU Agronomy and Conservation Club invites you visit and join our club. If you or someone you know is interested in joining or being part of the SDSU Agronomy and Conservation Club, please contact the SDSU Agronomy, Horticulture, and Plant Science Department (tel. 605-688-4450) or email us at Melinda.Hehn@sdstate.edu.
Club Advisors: Mindy Hehn, Brent Turnipseed, and Doug Malo
Horticulture Club is a GREAT way to get involved, get experience, and make great friends! We are a very active club engaged with many service and learning activities. We host workshops and community events, have booths at many campus and community events, go on trips, participate in competitions, have plant sales, and most importantly, have a great time!
We have 25–35 members and are open to students from all majors at SDSU. Our club charges $10 for annual dues to help pay for food at the monthly meetings.
Club Advisor: David Graper
To provide networking opportunities, acquisition of professional resources and to develop skills necessary for the career growth in the fields of arboriculture and urban forestry.
Club advisor: John Ball
South Dakota State University has a nationally recognized crops judging program. The team competes at the regional contest in the fall and at two national contests in November of each year. One contest is held in Kansas City and is primarily sponsored by the GIPSA-USDA-FGIS and the American Royal, and the other one is held in Chicago and is primarily sponsored by the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (formerly the Chicago Board of Trade). SDSU has a long history as it has participated in the national collegiate crops contests for 50+ years, and has consistently placed in the top 5 in the past decade.
The contests each consist of three parts; grain grading, seed and plant identification, and seed analysis.
There are tours in Kansas City, Chicago and along the way that students take part in. Typically the teams tour the Kansas City FGIS Board of Appeals and Technical Center, Kansas City Board of Trade, Chicago Board of Trade plus many other ag-related industries. The SDSU Crops Judging Team is coached by Brent Turnipseed, Professor/Manager, SDSU Seed Testing Lab in the Plant Science Department at SDSU.
South Dakota State University has a nationally recognized soil judging program. Our teams compete at regional contests in the fall and at national contests in the spring. During the past 40+ years our teams have consistently placed in the regional (1st to 4th) and national contests (1st to 15th). Approximately 80 teams start out in competition across the nation. More than 20 teams qualify for the national competition. Students are eligible to compete for four years and can start the team in their first year. All majors are welcome to join the team and to participate. Soil judging provides practical experience in evaluating the physical and chemical properties of soils important in making land use decisions. Soil forming factors (including site characteristics), soil classification, land use interpretations, and soil morphology are all key parts of the judging process. The SDSU Soil Judging team is coached by Douglas Malo, Distinguished Professor of Pedology in the Agronomy, Horticulture, and Plant Science Department in the College of Agriculture and Biological Sciences at SDSU.