For many families, the Christmas season doesn’t begin until the tree is decorated. Walking in the crisp, cool air – sometimes through a foot of snow – to select the perfect tree can be a fun family adventure, especially if you cut your own at a Christmas tree farm.
In just a couple weeks, farmers and ranchers across the nation will start receiving the 2017 Census of Agriculture. Producers can mail in their completed census form, or respond online via the improved web questionnaire. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service has extensively revised the online questionnaire to make it more convenient for producers.
Attention to quality management helps farmers get the most out of their soybeans whether they are bound for long-term storage or a voyage to overseas markets. Some soybeans are marketed right off the combine, while others are stored for months as farmers position themselves to respond to market opportunities. Their intended use impacts how farmers treat soybeans while in storage.
Soybean yield isn’t the only thing farmers gather in the fall. Experts say it is also an excellent time to do soil testing as it can reveal valuable information about nutrients and the presence of yield-robbing pests.
Today, hundreds of South Dakota soybean growers double as citizen scientists, testing various products and farming practices in their own fields with the intent to increase yields, ward off pests and disease and improve overall profits.
Drought conditions have continued to spread across South Dakota over the past few weeks. The most recent drought monitor shows that more than 90 percent of state is experiencing abnormally dry conditions and drought. In the Best Bean Practices videos below Paul Johnson, SDSU Extension Weed Science Coordinator, shares more about weed management in dry conditions.
Scouting is all about early detection. And when it comes to weed detection, sooner is always better. The key to successful weed management is identifying resistance early, when the infestation can still be controlled.