Soil health presentations to be held July 10 and 11

Jul 10 2018 - Jul 11 2018
8:15 am - 1:00 pm

Two free educational events in July will focus on managing wet weather and improving soil health and profitability by no-tilling and interseeding cover crops with corn, soybeans and wheat.

The first presentation will take place from 8:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, July 10 at the South Dakota State University Southeast Research Farm southwest of Beresford. The second event will run from 8:15 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, July 11 at Blue Dasher Farm north of Estelline and west of Brandt.

Both events are co-sponsored by The South Dakota Soil Health Coalition, USDA NRCS South Dakota, SDSU Southeast Research Farm, SDSU Extension, Ducks Unlimited, South Dakota Corn, and the Oregon Ryegrass Commission.

Speakers include farmers Dick Nissen and Loran Steinlage, Pete Sexton of the SDSU Southeast Research Farm, SDSU researcher Graig Reicks, and Jon Lundgren and Mike Bredeson of Blue Dasher Farm.

Nissen will share his experiences no-tilling along the Vermillion River while Steinlage will discuss how no-till and cover crops help manage wet weather as well as how to improve soil health and profitability with cover crops and no-till. Sexton will discuss no-till at the Southeast Research Farm and Reicks will share SDSU research results on interseeding. Lundgren and Blue Dasher Farm researcher Mike Bredeson will present“The Power of Plant Diversity In Pest Management” and provide attendees with an overview of the farm’s activities.

For additional information and to RSVP for the meal count please contact Cindy Zenk, South Dakota Soil Health Coalition coordinator,,  (605) 280-4190 by Friday, July 6.