Agronomy short course to be held in Sioux Falls |

Agronomy short course to be held in Sioux Falls

SDSU Extension faculty and staff will offer a short course focused on agronomy-related topics.

Early-bird registration rates have been extended, and registrations at these rates will be accepted until Feb. 14, 2014. The short course will be held at the SDSU Extension Regional Center in Sioux Falls (2001 E. 8th St, Sioux Falls, 605-782-3290) from Feb. 24-28.

Morning sessions will include lectures, and afternoon sessions will consist of labs or interactive meetings with faculty and SDSU Extension staff. The short course will include the following topics: Dynamics of environmental stressors on yield components; Forage utilization and forage quality; The business of crops: Risk and reward; Agricultural weed identification, control basics, and modern weed control issues in South Dakota; Common diseases of field crops and their management; The devil is in the detail: Sprayer calibration and pesticide measurement; Sustainable management of arthropod pests of field crops; Identifying soil health parameters; Water management for crop production; Weather and Climate Resources for Ag Decision-Making.

Participants can register for entire short course or morning sessions only. Cost of the short course (breakfast and lunch included): Full short course is $400 and is accepted until Feb. 14. Registering for lectures only, 8 a.m. to noon is $300 and is accepted until Feb. 14. Participants of the full course will be able to earn CCA credits in Crop Management, Integrated Pest Management, Soil and Water Management, and Nutrient Management.

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 or call 605-688-4580. Full information is also available on

–SDSU Extension




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