IPM School for Agronomy Professionals - 2014

When: July 29-30

Rain Dates August 7 & 8

Where: Volga Research Farm, Southwest of Volga SD

Cost: Early Bird registration is $225 when you register by July 15, 2014. After July 15, the registration fee is $250. Click here to see the brochure and printable registration form. Click here to register on-line!!

10.5 CCA Credits will be offered in:

  • Soil & Water Management - 1.5
  • Integrated Pest Management - 4.5
  • Crop Management - 4.5

Each participant will receive a 3-ring binder with handouts and reference materials. Noon meals are provided.

Lodging: Brookings, SD Hotels

For more information contact: Darrell Deneke, SDSU Ext. IPM Coordinator; Phone: 605-688-4595; or Email: darrell.deneke@sdstate.edu


Tuesday July 29, 2014

  • 8:00 AM - 8:30 AM Registration
  • 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM Pre-Session
  • 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM Session I
  • 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM LUNCH (Provided)
  • 12:30 PM - 2:15 PM Session II
  • 2:15 PM - 4:00 PM Session III
  • 4:00 PM Close

Wednesday July 30, 2014

  • 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM Session IV
  • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Session V
  • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM LUNCH (Provided) & Climate Session
  • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM Session VI
  • 3:00 PM Wrap-Up Session followed by SDSU Ice Cream

TOPICS (90-minute sessions)
Crop Injury Characteristics and Weed Identification

  • Paul Johnson, SDSU Ext. Weed Science Coordinator
  • Mark Rosenberg, SDSU Ext. Agronomy/Weeds Field Specialist

Field training will focus on diagnosing common problems, such as crop injury associated with herbicide applications and carryover in corn, soybean, and other crops. After discussions on crop injury characteristics associated with different herbicide modes of action, participants will be challenged to identify the causes of crop injury or weed control failure in simulation plots. Participants will also review a hands-on discussion to identify vegetative stage row crop weeds common to South Dakota farm operations.

The Offensive and Defensive Approach to Sustainable and Profitable Plant Disease Management

  • Emmanuel Byamukama, SDSU Ext. Plant Pathology Specialist
  • Connie Strunk, SDSU Ext. Plant Pathology Field Specialist

The offensive and defensive approach to sustainable and profitable plant disease management. This session will examine the distinguishing characteristics between bacterial, fungal and viral diseases of corn, soybean as well as other crops and identify the various pathogens. The goal of the session is to provide information on effective management of crop diseases through biological, cultural, mechanical and chemical means of control.

Old Enemies with New Twists: Scouting, Root Injury Assessment, and Management Strategies for Corn Rootworms in the Transgenic Era

  • Ada Szczepaniec, SDSU Ext.

This session will provide in-depth training on life cycle, scouting, and management of northern and western corn rootworms, with a special focus on differences in their biology and recent resistance of western corn rootworms to Bt corn. Participants will learn how to scout, assess injury levels, and make sustainable management decisions to minimize the impact of these pests on corn. Long-term management strategies for continuous corn will be covered.

Entomologist Aphid-Resistant Varieties in Soybean IPM Programs

  • Kelley J. Tilmon, SDSU Associate Professor of Entomology

Aphid-resistant soybean varieties can be a useful part of soybean insect pest management programs. We will review different aphid-resistant genes and their potential to suppress aphid populations, and examine resistant varieties in the field.

Soil Health Diagnostics and Soil Rainfall Simulator Demonstration

  • Anthony Bly, SDSU Ext. Soil Fertility Field Specialist
  • Jeff Hemenway, NRCS Soil Quality Specialist

A soil pit will be dug to expose participants to some compaction and water infiltration demonstrations and discussions on soil issues as it relates to past and current management practices. A demonstration of soil profile and some of the soil health factors such as soil variability as it relates to crop productivity potential will be included in the discussion. The productivity rating of the soil in the pit will be compared to other ratings in the area. The NRCS soil rainfall simulator unit will be set up to demonstrate the importance of soil health. The simulator demonstrates how practices such as no-till farming, cover crops, and prescribed grazing benefit soil health and improve the water cycle on cropland and rangeland. This demonstration includes discussion of topics such as infiltration, aggregate stability, soil structure, and the relationship of these properties to runoff, erosion, and water quantity.

Developmental Growth Stages of Various Crops

  • Ruth Beck, SDSU Ext. Agronomy Field Specialist
  • Bob Fanning, SDSU Ext. Plant Pathology Field Specialist

Participants will learn key factors in identifying the developmental growth stages of various agronomic crops including corn, soybeans and wheat. Reference materials for the specific crops will be provided.

Plant Population and Yield Potential in Corn and Soybeans

  • Gregg Carlson, SDSU Extension Precision Agriculture Specialist

Alterations in plant spacing through row spacing and plant populations have a significant effect on canopy development and yield components. Greater populations do not always result in higher yields. Therefore, growers have focused on plant population and seeding rate. A discussion on scouting for planting accuracy and checking for yield will also be included in an in-field demonstration of estimating corn yield loss from uneven spaced corn stands using a scouting technique and instruction on using a plant spacing calculator program.

Climate Trends Impacting Agriculture

  • Dennis Todey, SDSU and State Climatologist
  • Laura Edwards, SDSU Ext. Climate Field Specialist

Participants will be shown the working components of a field weather station and will be introduced to climate measuring tools and their uses as a prediction model for agronomic pest and crop management.

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