Weather conditions made 2015 a challenging year for SDSU Extension field specialists. However, with continuous up-to date information and leadership by Extension staff and experts, SDSU Extension was able to adjust its programming accordingly. As a result, the 2015 crop season was very successful not only from the point of view of attendance to SDSU Extension programs, but also because of the impacts reflected on crops yields.
The Cooperative structure represents a unique organization type that is governed/owned by the users of the services and products. South Dakota has many types of Cooperatives, some organizations are not readily recognized as Cooperatives however, like mutual insurance, credit unions, etc. More commonly, Cooperatives are associated with Farmer Cooperatives that are prevalent in South Dakota.
SDSU Extension met with farmers frequently during the crop season to provide updates and forecasts of alfalfa caterpillars, weevils, blister beetles, lygus bugs and their natural enemies. Producers were able to make spraying decisions and select chemicals through unbiased information. A pilot project has been set up to understand alfalfa pest status and current practices followed by producers in Butte and Haakon Counties.
Dry field peas and lentils are high in protein and fiber, have a low glycemic index, are easy to prepare, store well, and are low in cost. Even better they can be produced economically and sustainably in South Dakota as part of diverse no-till crop production systems.
Trends indicate that the increasing population of the world will need to be matched by a major increase in food production. However it is and will continue to be very important that as the USA works to find ways to increase food production that it is done without negatively affecting the environment, including depleting the soil resource and reducing water quality.
Participants of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) programs increase their knowledge of pest biology, pesticide label interpretation, pesticide handling, and environmental factors. This leads to increased use of IPM practices and objective, science-based decision-making on reducing risks from pests and preventing unacceptable levels of pest damage in both agricultural and residential settings. Increased use of IPM practices results in better pest management decisions which address the economic aspects of pest management while posing the least possible risk to people, property, resources and the environment.
Through the adoption and use of fundamental business principles and using a systems approach, participants in the Ag CEO program will implement best management practices for production and business and have improved farm and ranch profitability and sustainability. This results in benefits for all South Dakotans, including new leaders and improved vitality of rural communities, the opportunity for local jobs and rural economic growth, and efficient use of natural resources.
The following is a compilation of feedback received from the SDSU College of Agriculture and Biological Sciences Advisory Board, specifically regarding SDSU Extension. Verbal feedback was provided at the December 17, 2014 ABS College Advisory meeting that was held concurrently via DDN technology at the Aberdeen, Mitchell, Pierre, and Rapid City Regional Extension Centers and Brookings campus location.
Inform wheat producers and private agronomists as to recent developments and research information regarding pests and their control, fertility, variety selection, crop fertility and production practices.
The South Dakota IPM (SDIPM) program supports and encourages the region’s residents in making unbiased, science-based decisions regarding pest management. It does this by imparting extensive knowledge of pest biology, explaining the impacts of environmental factors, and providing pest forecasts. It keeps the lines of communication open and the information accessible by using communication technology (e.g., mobile apps) so landowners and managers can prevent unacceptable levels of pest damage in an economical manner, while posing the least possible risk to people, property, resources, and the environment.