IPM School for Agronomy Professionals - 2016

When: July 20-21

Rain Dates July 25 & 26

Where: Volga Research Farm, Volga, SD

Located 1.5 miles south of Volga on Brookings County Road 5 (464th Ave), on the east side of the road.

Cost: Early Bird registration is $225 when you register by July 8, 2016. After July 8, the registration fee is $250. Click here to see the brochure and printable registration form.

Register on-line here.

9.5 CCA Credits will be offered in:

  • Soil & Water Management - 1.5
  • Integrated Pest Management - 4.5
  • Crop Management - 3.5

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: Paul O. Johnson, SDSU Extension Weed Science Coordinator; Phone: 605-688-4591; or Email: paulo.johnson@sdstate.edu


Wednesday July 20, 2016

  • 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) & Climate Session
  • 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM Session II
  • 2:30-2:45 - Break
  • 2:45 PM - 4:45 PM Session III
  • 4:45 PM Close

Thursday July 21, 2016

  • 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM Session IV
  • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Session V
  • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM LUNCH (Provided) & Marketing Session
  • 2:00 PM Wrap-Up Session followed by SDSU Ice Cream

TOPICS (90-minute sessions)
Crop Injury Characteristics and New GMO Products Discussion for the Future

  • Paul Johnson, SDSU Extension Weed Science Coordinator

Field training will focus on diagnosing common problems, such as crop injury associated
with herbicide applications and carryover in corn, soybean, and other crops. Participants will be challenged to identify the causes of crop injury or weed control failure in simulation plots.  Participants will also be part of a discussion on how new GMO's will change their business in the future.


Effective Plant Disease Management:  What You Don't See Could Be Hurting Your Yield

  • Emmanuel Byamukama, SDSU Ext. Plant Pathology Specialist

In order for plant diseases to develop, three factors must be present:  the susceptible host (planted crop), the pathogen, and the conducive environment.  Since the host is always there, the pathogen and the environment become the limiting factors most of the time.  In this session, we will learn about sources of inoculum for various diseases and the role of weather in driving plant disease epidemics.  We will also learn proactive approaches for effective and profitable plant disease management.


Techniques for Scouting and Identification of Insect Pests

  • Adam Varenhorst, SDSU Extension Field crop Entomologist

There are several insect pests that may cause economic injury to crops in South Dakota.  The focus of this session will be on learning the scouting techniques for key insect pests.  In addition, we will also cover identification of common insect pests and then apply both the learned scouting and identification skills in demonstration plots.


Soil Properties, Productivity and Fertilizer "Goof Ups"

  • Anthony Bly, SDSU Extension Soil Fertility Field Specialist
  • Jon Kleinjan, Crop Production Extension Associate

Participants will learn to identify soil properties that lead to higher productivity.  Improper fertilizer applications will be made for participants to diagnose and identify.


Managing Cover Crops in the Upper Midwest; Opportunities and Challenges

  • Peter Sexton, Southeast Farm Manager
  • David Karki, Agronomy Field Specialist

Participants will review benefits of cover crops within a cropping system and its effects on soil health.  Work looking at the influence of cover crop blends on rate of residue decomposition and nutrient cycling will be presented.  We will discuss cover crop species slection, seeding times and methods, and establishment when seeded in-season into cash crops.  Research results from cover crop studies conducted at the SDSU Southeast Research Farm will also be thoroughly discussed.


Climate Trends Impacting Agriculture

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

This noon IPM session will review tools and products available to understand current climate conditions in South Dakota and potential decision-making. Additional decision tools and current conditions will be addressed.


Cost of Production and Making a Profit

  • Jack Davis, SDSU Ext. Field Specialist-Crops Business Management

Cost of production mainly is related to input costs, but sale price determines profit or loss.  This noon session will discuss both of these aspects and how they need to work together to make our clients as profitable as possible with lower grain prices.


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