BROOKINGS — An electronics revolution has transformed traditional farming into a high-tech business. Today's farmers work with technologies like GPS navigation, automated steering and wireless communications. To stay ahead of these new technologies, farm businesses now can find help from South Dakota State University students who are enrolled in a precision agriculture program.
BROOKINGS — The I-29 Moo University Dairy Beef Tour Short Course will be on March 29 before the Central Plains Dairy Expo Welcome Reception and Concert. It will include two bus tour stops and two panel discussions. Registration is $25 per person and includes transportation and lunch. Registration is due online by March 25 at igrow.org/store or call (605) 882-5140. The Western Iowa Dairy Alliance will be covering the cost of attending for its members who register.
BROOKINGS—Recent rains caused delays in completing the wheat harvest, leading to reports of damaged wheat, particularly in the northern areas of South Dakota. If the damage levels are high enough, the wheat can be unmarketable through regular channels.
BROOKINGS—Recently there have been concerns about algae blooms on stock dams. The predominant question is "Do I need to be concerned about my livestock?" The answer is maybe, said Adele Harty, SDSU Extension cow/calf field specialist. "With the recent warmer temperatures, the conditions are right for blue-green algae blooms," she said.
BROOKINGS — This summer, South Dakota State University Extension will co-host rangeland events for youth and adults interested in learning more about South Dakota's rangelands or to improve their skills as judges, agri-professionals and stewards of the land. These events include Youth and Professional Range Camp June 3-5 at Lamphere Campground near Sturgis, and South Dakota Rangeland and Soils Days June 23 and 24 in Chamberlain. "These events provide a valuable opportunity to learn more about one of the state's most important resources, our rangelands," said Dave Ollila, SDSU Extension
BROOKINGS — Master Gardener training classes have been scheduled for 2015. "The majority of this year's training is offered online with a very flexible schedule. The training concludes with four days of required, hands-on learning. The hands-on sessions give trainees the opportunity to learn skills such as planting, pruning, plant propagation, along with plant and pest identification," said David Graper, SDSU Extension horticulture specialist and South Dakota Master Gardener Program interim coordinator. Master Gardeners work in their communities to promote and teach gardening.
BROOKINGS -- Army cutworms have been spotted feeding on winter wheat seedlings in fields located southwest of Wall. "The early spring and warm temperatures helped the greening of winter wheat...
BROOKINGS — SDSU Extension and the Community and Family Extension Leaders are pleased to announce opportunities for helping educational garden projects fund seeds, plants, small garden equipment or other programming materials through the children's gardening mini-grant. The grant is offered to any school-age group, K-12, with preference given to afterschool and out-of-school time programs. Participants must partner with SDSU Extension through a master gardener, a county 4-H youth program adviser, FNP/EFNEP assistant or other connection.
The final meeting with local producers interested in the creation of a food hub has been rescheduled due to weather. A meeting is being held at 4:30 p.m. Monday at JoDean's Steakhouse in Yankton. Light refreshments will be served, with meals available. Any interested producers are urged to attend to be included in further conversations. More than 40 producers of edible foods in southeastern South Dakota took advantage of an opportunity last week to discuss the topic of food hubs, according to SDSU Extension Community Development Field Specialist Kari O'Neill.
BROOKINGS — The first deadline for sign up for the 2014 farm bill is Feb. 27.