AGRICULTURE

SDSU Agronomy Short Course set for Feb. 24-28 in Sioux Falls

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BROOKINGS — SDSU Extension faculty and staff will offer a five-day agronomy short course at the SDSU Extension Regional Center in Sioux Falls (2001 E. 8th St, Sioux Falls), Feb. 24 to Feb. 28.

Morning sessions will include lectures, and afternoon sessions will consist of labs or interactive meetings with Faculty and Extension Staff.

Short Course Topics:

• Dynamics of Environmental Stressors on Yield Components – SDSU Extension Agronomy Specialists Nathan Mueller and Christopher Graham; and SDSU Extension Agronomy Field Specialists Ruth Beck and Paul Johnson

• Forage Utilization and Forage Quality – Karla Hernandez, SDSU Extension Forages Field Specialist

• The Business of Crops: Risk and Reward – Jack Davis, SDSU Extension Crops Business Management Field Specialist

• Agricultural Weed Identification, Control Basics, and Modern Weed Control Issues in South Dakota – Darrell Deneke, SDSU Extension IPM Coordinator, and Mark Rosenberg, SDSU Extension Weeds Field Specialist

• Common Diseases of Field Crops and Their Management – SDSU Extension Plant Pathology Specialist Emmanuel Byamukama, and SDSU Plant Pathology Field Specialists Connie Strunk and Robert Fanning

• The Devil is in the Detail: Sprayer Calibration and Pesticide Measurement – Buyung Hadi, SDSU Extension Pesticide Education Coordinator

• Sustainable Management of Arthropod Pests of Field Crops – Ada Szczepaniec, SDSU Extension Entomology Specialist, and Anitha Chirumamilla, SDSU Extension Entomology Field Specialist

• Identifying Soil Health Parameters – Anthony Bly, SDSU Extension Soils Field Specialist and Ron Gelderman, SDSU Extension Soils Specialist

• Water Management for Crop Production – Chris Hay, SDSU Extension Water Management Engineer

• Weather and Climate Resources for Ag Decision-Making – Dennis Todey, SDSU Extension Climate Specialist and Laura Edwards, SDSU Extension Climate Field Specialist

Registration information

Participants can register for entire short course or morning sessions only. Cost of the short course includes breakfast and lunch. To register for the full short course and receive the early bird fee of $400 register by Jan. 20, 2014; those who register after this date until Feb. 15 will pay $425; and any registration after Feb. 15 will be $450. Registration fee for the 8 a.m. to noon lectures only are as follows: early bird- through Jan. 20 is $300; from Jan. 21 to Feb. 15 – $325; and registration after Feb. 15 will be $350. To register, send checks payable to SDSU Plant Science to: c/o Pam Bartlett, South Dakota State University, SAG 244, Box 2207A, Brookings, SD 57007. Please include your phone number with the check.

For more information, email Ada Szczepaniec, SDSU Extension Entomology Specialist at Adrianna.Szczepaniec@sdstate.edu or call 605-688-4580. Additional information is also available on iGrow.org (http://bit.ly/1cWo8d8).