BROOKINGS - South Dakota State University's Northeast Research Farm near Watertown, hosts its summer tour on July 11. The event begins at 4 p.m. at the farm, which is located 2 miles west of the South Shore exit off Interstate 29. Tours and presentations will continue until dusk, and staff will serve a post-tour meal.
The field day will include educational walking and flatbed tours. Those tours include New Winter Wheat Varieties and Breeding Program Update with South Dakota State University winter wheat breeder, Bill Berzonsky, SDSU spring wheat breeder, Karl Glover will host a tour of spring wheat breeding plots. Lon Hall, supervisor of the Northeast Research Farm and SDSU oat breeder, will share information with producers in attendance on oat breeding and production.
Tour includes the following presentations: Weed Control Updates, presented by SDSU Extension Weeds Specialist, Mike Moechnig; Soybean Insect Update, presented by SDSU Entomologist, Kelly Tilmon; Insect and Mite Pests of Field Crops, presented by, SDSU Extension Entomologist, Ada Szczepaniec; Plant Viruses, presented by, SDSU Plant Virologist, Marie Langham; Farming Systems Study and Soil Fertility Issues in 2012, presented by SDSU Professor of Soil Management, Soil, Fertility, Crop Nutrition, Howard Woodard; Cropping Systems, presented by Associate Professor, Peter Sexton will be presenting; Winter Wheat Updates, presented by SDSU winter wheat breeder, Bill Berzonsky; Spring Wheat Breeding, presented by SDSU spring wheat breeder, Karl Glover; and Oat Breeding & Production, presented by SDSU oat breeder, Lon Hall.
Between tours, attendees can get information on Crop Outlook and Profitability from Extension Specialist, Don Guthmiller, SDSU Extension Agronomy Business Management Field Specialist.
If anyone would like to submit samples to the SDSU Plant Diagnostic Clinic, Cindy Olson, Secretary for the Diagnostic lab, will be there to receive them.
The SDSU Plant Science Department, the SDSU College of Agricultural and Biological Sciences, the South Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station, and the South Dakota Cooperative Extension Service are sponsoring the event.