Free soil health workshop set for Feb. 18 in Mitchell, SD |

Free soil health workshop set for Feb. 18 in Mitchell, SD

BROOKINGS, S.D. – SDSU Extension, The South Dakota No Till Association and USDA-NRCS will host a Soil Health Workshop in Mitchell, Feb. 18, 2016 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Mitchell Tech Institute in the Technology Center Amphitheater, 1800 Spruce St.

The Feb. 18 meeting will be the third in a series of soil health workshops held across South Dakota this winter.

The workshop will feature experts from across the state and region and will focus on building soil health, no till, and cover crop production.

Speaker line-up

Dr. Stevan Knezevic presentation will focus on weed resistance issues and how to manage them. Knezevic is a weed specialist from University of Nebraska – Lincoln who has specialized in weed research in field crops, rangeland, pasture and wetlands for 20 years.

South Dakota State University and SDSU Extension staff will provide attendees with an update which highlights current SDSU research on nitrogen management, no till, and cover crops. Presenters include: Anthony Bly, SDSU Extension Soils Field Specialist; Pete Sexton, Associate Professor & SDSU Extension Sustainable Cropping Systems Specialist and Dwayne Beck, Manager, Dakota Lakes Research Farm.

Dr. Jerry Hatfield from the National Laboratory for Agriculture and the Environment in Ames, Iowa. Hatfield’s presentation will focus on Soil Health: The Foundation for Efficient Crop Production and Climate Resilience. He will be joined by Dr. Ray Ward from Ward Labs in Kearney, Nebraska who will present on Soil Fertility Impacts on Soil Health.

A group of producers will share their experiences on cover crops, no till and soil health during a producer panel discussion.

The workshop will end with a presentation from Jeff Zimprich, S.D. State Conservationist, Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Register for free event

In addition to the workshop hosts, this and other soil health workshops are supported by local conservation districts and private industry.

Certified crop consultant educational credits will be available during the workshop.

This event is free to the public. To accommodate for lunch, organizers are asking that attendees pre-register by calling the Davison County Conservation District office at 605-996-1564 ext 3.

More information and a full agenda for the soil health workshop can be viewed online at or at

–SDSU Extension