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South Dakota State University's Volga Research Farm Hosts Summer Tour on July 19

crowd talking in soybean field

South Dakota State University’s Volga Research Farm will host its annual Summer Tour on July 19, 2018 at the farm located at 21260 464th Ave., Volga. The tour begins at 4:00 p.m. and ends at dusk.

The farm is located approximately 1.5 miles south of Volga on Brookings County Road 5.  

The summer tour will feature plot tours highlighting research happening on the farm, as well as presentations and demonstrations onweed management, cover crops, crop and insect management, and weather updates by SDSU faculty and SDSU Extension staff.

The summer tour is free of charge and open to the public. No pre-registration is necessary. A meal will be provided.

Tentative Tour Schedule and Topics

Tour 1: Weed Management

Pre-Emergent Herbicides and Weed Management Strategies in the Glyphosate-Resistant Period: Paul O. Johnson, SDSU Extension Weed Management Coordinator

Tour 2: Cover Crops

Soil Carbon and Nitrogen and Cover Crop Relationships: Anthony Bly, SDSU Extension Soils Field Specialist

Managing Cover Crop Opportunities and Challenges: Sara Bauder and David Karki, SDSU Extension Agronomy Field Specialists

Herbicide Interactions with Cover Crops: Gared Shaffer, SDSU Extension Weeds Field Specialist

Tour 3: Crop and Insect Management

What’s Causing Problems and What to be Watching for in 2018: Adam Varenhorst, SDSU Extension Field Crop Entomologist

2018 Update on Crop Performance Testing:Jonathan Kleinjan, SDSU Extension Crop Production Associate

Tour 4: Weather Information

What’s New in Weather and New Tools on the Mesonet at SDState: Laura Edwards, SDSU Extension State Climatologist, and Nathan Edwards, Mesonet Manager

Between tours, stop and talk with Connie Tande, SDSU Extension Plant Diagnostician, about plant sample tissues, identification of peats and field problems.

The tour is sponsored by the South Dakota Crop Improvement Association, South Dakota Soybean Research and Promotion Council and South Dakota Wheat Commission.

For more information on the tour contact Paul O. Johnson at or 605-688-4591.