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Karla Hernandez

Karla Hernandez


SDSU Extension Forages Field Specialist

Office Building


Mailing Address

Watertown Regional Center-CES
1910 W Kemp Ave
Watertown, SD 57201


From alfalfa growing tips to forage management advice, SDSU Extension Forages Field Specialist Karla Hernandez works to develop research-based programming and support for South Dakota's growing number of forage producers.


Doctoral Degree (PhD) in Agronomy and Plant Sciences. South Dakota State University. Doctoral Dissertation: “Evaluation of Prairie Cordgrass (Spartina pectinata, LINK) For Biomass Production on Marginal Land. Advisor: Dr. Vance N. Owens. 2012

Master’s Degree (MS) in Agricultural Science Major in Animal Science. University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez Campus. Masters Dissertation: “Calliandra calothyrsus and Arachis pintoi Supplementation effects on animal health and gastrointestinal nematodes infestation and condensed tannin extract effects on (Haemonchus contortus) larval motility. Advisor: Dr. Elide Valencia. 2008

Bachelor’s Degree (BS) in Agricultural Science Major in Animal Science. University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez. 2005

Academic Interests/Expertise

Biomass Crops; Forage Production; Use of Cover Crops for Forage Supply; Alfalfa variety trials


Hernandez, K and Rovai, M. South Dakota Community Innovation. 2016. Upper Midwest Puerto Rico Collaboration Project. $10K
Hernandez, K and Karki, D. 2017. Midwest Forage Association. Evaluation of Cover Crops Mixes for Forage Supply. $4K
Hernandez, K; Erickson T; Berg, S; and Grussing T. SARE Mini Grant. 2017. Forage Fiesta Field Day. $5,500

Professional Memberships

Midwest Forage Association (MFA) since 2013
American Society of Agronomy (ASA) since 2008
American Society of Animal Science (ASAS) since 2005