Ag Field School set for western South Dakota

South Dakota Ag ConnectionJune 17, 2022Agriculture News

STURGIS, SD – A West River Field School will focus on the diverse nature of agriculture in western South Dakota and provide attendees with an opportunity to learn in a hands-on environment with SDSU Extension specialists. SDSU Extension will host the West River Field School on June 29 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. MDT at the SDSU West River Research Farm near Sturgis, South Dakota.

Certified crop advisor educational credits will be available during the day, and reference material will be provided to attendees who are seeking credit.

“The West River Field School is intended to provide continuing education to crop advisors and producers in western South Dakota,” said Patrick Wagner, SDSU Extension Entomology Field Specialist. “Attendees will have a chance to receive hands-on, in-field experience along with an opportunity to network with SDSU Extension personnel and other agriculture professionals.”

Presentations will cover the topics listed below, and an optional farm tour will be offered at the end of the day for all attendees.
*Precision Ranching – Jamie Brennan, SDSU Extension Livestock Grazing Specialist
*Soil Health – Jason Clark, SDSU Extension Soil Fertility Specialist, and NRCS
*Climate Update – Laura Edwards, SDSU Extension State Climatologist
*Entomology – Patrick Wagner, SDSU Extension Entomology Field Specialist, and Phil Rozeboom, SDSU Extension IPM Coordinator
*Mesonet Demonstration and Ribbon Cutting – Nathan Edwards, Operations Manager, and Bill Gibbons, Director of the South Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station and Associate Dean for Research
*Wheat Research – Jon Kleinjan, SDSU Extension Agronomist, and Sunish Sehgal, associate professor and SDSU Winter Wheat Breeder
*Optional Farm Tour – Chris Graham, SDSU Extension Agronomist

Those interested should visit the SDSU Extension events page to register. Registration is free of cost and lunch will be provided to all who attend. The West River Research Farm is located at 13370 Alkali Road, Sturgis.

For more information, contact Wagner at 605-394-1722 or Register at