SDSU: Pest management course set for March 15 in Sioux Falls |

SDSU: Pest management course set for March 15 in Sioux Falls

SDSU Extension faculty and staff will offer a one day hands on Integrated Pest Management (IPM) short course at the SDSU Extension Regional Center in Sioux Falls (2001 E. 8th St, Sioux Falls), March 15, 2016.

This short course will feature diseases, weeds, and insect pests of field crops as well as soil fertility and a climate update.

Disease Session: The disease session will cover the following: Common field crop disease identification and pathogen biology (specimens will be provided); Soybean Cyst Nematode (SCN) biology (soybean plants with cysts will be available for participants to have hands-on experience differentiating between SCN cysts and root nodules); Fungicide Timing and Efficacy, and strategies for effective and sustainable plant disease management.

Entomology Session: The entomology session will focus on using integrated pest management to address issues in corn and soybean production. Pests that will be covered include the northern and western corn rootworms for corn and soybean aphids for soybean. Other sporadic pests that can affect corn or soybean will also be addressed. The program will focus on sampling and scouting techniques, insect identification and pesticide safety.

Weed Session: The weed session will cover weed seedling identification, and selecting nozzles to fit new product options.

Soil Fertility Session: The soil fertility session will focus on soil health indicators and assessment.

During lunch, the SDSU climatologists will discuss the role of climate change in influencing crop performance, pests, and diseases.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for the Certified Crop Advisors will be available.


8 – 8:30 a.m. Check in

8:30 – 10:10 a.m. Field crop disease identification and management; led by Emmanuel Byamukama, Assistant Professor & SDSU Extension Plant Pathologist and Connie Strunk, SDSU Extension Plant Pathology Field Specialist.

10:15 – 11:55 a.m. Integrated Pest Management of Insects and Pesticide Safety; led by Adam Varenhorst, SDSU Extension Entomology Specialist and Amanda Bachmann, SDSU Extension Pesticide Education & Urban Entomology Field Specialist.

Noon – 1:15 p.m. Lunch/Climate Update; led by Dennis Todey,South Dakota State Climatologist & SDSU Extension Climate Specialist

1:15 – 3 p.m. Weed Seedling Identification and Nozzle Selection; led by Paul O. Johnson, SDSU Extension Weed Science Coordinator and Amanda Bachmann, SDSU Extension Pesticide Education & Urban Entomology Field Specialist.

3:05 – 4:15 p.m. Soil Health Indicators and Assessment led by Anthony Bly, SDSU Extension Soils Field Specialist.

4:20-4:30 p.m. Evaluation

Registration information:

To register for the course and receive the early bird fee of $25, register by Feb. 20, 2016. Registration after Feb 20 will be $35. To register, register and pay online

For more information, contact Emmanuel Byamukama, SDSU Extension Plant Pathology Specialist at 605-688-4580 or

–SDSU Extension

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