SDSU Volga farm summer tour

Farm Forum

BROOKINGS, S.D. – The annual South Dakota State University Volga Farm Tour will be held on August 5, 2014 at 9:30 a.m. and will run until noon.

The tour is located 1.5 miles south of Volga on Brookings county road 5 on the east side of road. There will be continuous tours running throughout the morning. Each tour will last about an hour. The day will conclude will lunch provided by our sponsors.

Three Tours

Attendees will have three tours to go on this year.

Weed Management

This tour will be led by Paul O. Johnson, SDSU Extension Weed Management Coordinator and Darrel Deneke SDSU Extension IPM Coordinator. They will discuss Weed Management Strategies in the glyphosate resistant period.

Fertilizer & Water Management, Seeding Rates & Row Spacing

This tour will include several SDSU Extension Specialists and SDSU faculty. Anthony Bly SDSU Extension Soils Field Specialist will discuss Nitrogen Timing and Yellow Corn; Nick Schiltz, Precision Ag Graduate Student will discuss Soybean Seeding Rate and Row Spacing; and Daniel Ostrem SDSU Extension Water Resource Field Specialist will discuss Irrigation Water Management.

Pest Management tour

Led by Kelly Tilmon, SDSU Extension Soybean Entomology Specialist, there will also be a discussion on Soybean insects and others insect concerns. Emmanuel Byamukama, SDSU Extension Plant Pathologist will discuss Corn and Soybean diseases; and Jose Gonzalez, Associate Professor will discuss Mycorrhiza Colonization in Spring Wheat.

Between tours attendees will have an opportunity to visit with Connie Tande, Diagnostician for the SDSU Plant Diagnostic Clinic about plant sample issues or questions. There will also be research posters on display for review.

Tour sponsors include: South Dakota Crop Improvement Association, South Dakota Wheat Commission and South Dakota Soybeans Research and Promotion council.

For more information, contact Paul O. Johnson at or 605-688-4591 or Darrell Deneke at or 605-688-4595.