Growers invited to attend Managing Soil: Maximizing Profit Conference Nov. 21 in Sioux Falls

Farm Forum

BROOKINGS, S.D. – SDSU Extension is hosting a Managing Soil: Maximizing Profit workshop in Sioux Falls Nov. 21, 2016 at the Best Western Plus Ramkota Hotel (3200 W. Maple St.).

Pre-registration is due Nov. 16, 2016.

“Farming is a challenging business, especially with lower commodity prices. At the same time, there is increased interest in soil health. Many producers are reevaluating their cropping system business management practices,” said Sara Berg, SDSU Extension Agronomy Field Specialist.

The one-day conference is designed to provide growers with new ideas, connections and expert advice on managing their operations from an agronomic and economic view point.

Topics of Interest

Production finances, optimizing inputs, soil management, cover crop grazing and herbicide resistant weeds are a few of topics that will be addressed.

“A farmer panel will share tips and ideas from local operations using successful production practices,” Berg explained.

Following the formal meeting, a round table discussion will be held for those interested in further conversation and learning.

Speakers include; Wes Chambers, Farm Credit Services of America, Regional Vice President; Jack Davis, SDSU Extension Crops Business Management Field Specialist; Taylor Grussing, SDSU Extension Cow/Calf Field Specialist; Sandeep Kumar, SDSU Asst. Professor- Soil Physics; Lee Briese, North Dakota Crop Consultant; Dave Franzen, NDSU Extension Soil Specialist; Stevan Knezevic, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Professor- Integrated Weed Management; Nick Vinje, Red River Valley, North Dakota Farmer; South Dakota Farmer Panel: Matt Bainbridge, Ethan; Kurt Stiefvater, Salem and Dick Nissen, Vermillion.

More details

Sponsors for the event include: S.D. Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education; Southeast Research Farm Board; S.D. Soil Health Coalition; S.D. No-Till Association; USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Services and Livestock Integration USDA/Coordinated Agricultural Projects Grant.

Registration for the event beings at 8:30 a.m. The conference runs from 9 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Registration is $20 at the door. Pre-registration is requested by Nov. 16. To RSVP contact the Sioux Falls Regional Extension Office at 605-782-3290 or email Berg at For more information visit