SDSU Extension Wheat Walks set for May 25-26

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SDSU Extension will host Wheat Walks in the Clark and Aberdeen areas May 25 and in the Pierre and Wall areas on May 26. The goal of these events is to provide wheat producers with the latest information to effectively manage their crop.

SDSU Extension agronomy field and state specialists will be on hand at each location, providing expertise in plant pathology, weed control, entomology, soil fertility and agronomic information. Each specialist will give a brief presentation, followed by time for discussion and questions for the specialists, one-on-one or in small groups. Those attending are welcome to bring samples from their fields for the agronomists to assess. Representatives from the South Dakota Wheat Commission and SD Wheat Inc. will also be present. CCA credits have been applied for.

Through grant funding from the South Dakota Wheat Commission there will be no charge to attend any of the Wheat Walk locations. Those attending will receive several Extension publications. Refreshments will be provided by South Dakota Wheat Inc.

Wheat Walk dates, times, and locations

• May 25 at 9:30 a.m. CDT – On Hwy 212 driving west from Watertown, turn north (right) on Hwy 25. Drive 2 miles and turn east (right) on 171st St. Drive 1 ½ miles, Turn north (left) on 435A and drive 2 miles (169th St.).You will see the field on the east side of the road before getting to 169th St.

• May 25 at 11:30 a.m. CDT – From Clark, drive 3 miles west to 421st Ave, turn north (right) and drive 5 miles. Turn east (right) and drive ½ mile to Clark Center Church. Park along the street right after the passing the Church. We will walk through the trees to the field.

• May 25 at 3:30 p.m. CDT – from Aberdeen Hwy 281 and Hwy 12 intersection drive 4 miles west to 382nd Ave. Turn north to 131st St. Drive 1 mile east and then ¼ mile north.

• May 26 at 9:30 a.m. CDT – from Pierre, drive 17 miles east on SD HWY 34 to 308th Ave. (Canning Rd). At this junction turn north and travel 5 miles. Field is located on the east side of the road at the junction of 308th Ave and 208th St. Or, from SD HWY 14, at the city of Blunt turn south on to the Canning Rd, travel 9 miles along this road. At the junction of 206th St and 308th Ave, turn south towards SD HWY 34 (watch for sign) travel 2 miles. Field is located on the east side of the road at the junction of 308th Ave. and 208th St.

• May 26 at 3:30 p.m. MDT – From Wall, go west 3 miles to exit 107. Turn north on Cedar Butte Road and go north to 228th Street. Turn west onto the gravel road about 2 miles or so. The test plots are on the south side of the road just east of the houses.

For more information, visit http://igrow.org/ and check the calendar and upcoming events or call Connie Strunk at the SDSU Extension Center in Sioux Falls at 605-782-3290. To view some of the presentations from the 2013 Wheat Walks, visit www.youtube.com and type “Wheat Walks” in the search box.