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West River Field School

Event Details

The 2019 West River Field School will focus on weeds, insects, plant diseases, and forages. State Climatologist, Laura Edwards, will be available to provide a climate update and the day will wrap up with a tour of the West River Research Farm. This event is geared for crop advisors but will also be beneficial to farmers. Anyone interested is encouraged to attend. Five certified crop advisor educational credits are available during the day. Reference material will be provided to attendees. Cost for this event is $50.00 on or before July 3rd and $65.00 from July 3rd forward. Lunch is included in the cost. Space is limited at this event so register soon.

Tentative Schedule and Topics:

8:30 AM – Registration

9:00 AM – Introduction 

9:15 AM – Session 1: Identifying Herbicide Damage on Crops - Gared Shaffer, SDSU Extension Weeds Field Specialist. (1.0 CEU Pest Management), Pesticide Drift Avoidance – Nathan Edwards, SD Mesonet Director 

10:30 AM – Session 2: Entomology - Adam Varenhorst, Assistant Professor & SDSU Extension Field Crop Entomologist; Patrick Wagner, SDSU Extension Entomology Field Specialist. (1.0 CEU Pest Management)

12:00 PM – Lunch

12:30 PM – Session 3: Climate Update - Laura Edwards, SDSU Extension State Climatologist. (0.5 Crop Management)

1:15 PM – Session 4: Getting Creative with Forages - Sara Bauder, SDSU Extension Agronomy Field Specialist. (1.0 CEU Crop Management)

2:30 PM – Session 5: Diseases – ID, Management, Prevention - Emmanuel Byamukama, Assistant Professor & SDSU Extension Plant Pathologist. (1.0 CEU Pest Management)

3:45 PM – Wrap up

4:00 PM – Farm tour (optional) - Chris Graham, SDSU Extension Agronomist, Farm Manager. (0.5 CEU Soil & Water)

Tuesday, Jul. 16, 2019 8:30 am – 4:00 pm Off-Campus

Building Access Directions

SDSU’s West River Research Farm is located at 13304 Alkali Rd. To get there, take a south turn off SD Hwy 34 at the Buffalo Chip Campground, east of Sturgis, travel 3 miles (road veers east). The research farm is located directly north of the Sturgis Regional Airport.