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Karla Hernandez

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Title Forages Field Specialist I
Office Building Off-Campus
Mailing Address South Dakota State University
Watertown Regional Center
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.

Professional Memberships

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


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