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North Central Research Lab Field Day set for June 15 at Brookings, S.D.

The Eastern South Dakota Soil and Water Research Farm's 16th annual field day is set for June 15.

The field day begins at 3:30 p.m. at the research farm, located at Exit 133 off Interstate 29. Take the U.S. Highway 14 Bypass, then travel 2.5 miles west to Western Avenue, turn right and travel 1.5 miles north. Look for the green highway signs along the Highway 14 Bypass that indicate the turn.

The event is free and participants who attend can earn continuing education credits to maintain Certified Crop Adviser status.

Scientists with the Agricultural Research Service's North Central Agricultural Research Laboratory conduct research and technology transfer activities at the farm in collaboration with the USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), South Dakota State University, the Brookings County Conservation District, and other agencies at the research farm.

The Eastern South Dakota Soil and Water Conservation Districts own the farm.

This year's event focuses on the effects of farming on soil, water, and air quality. Presentations include:

Rainfall demonstration to show how different conservation practices affect soil erosion from rainfall by Jeff Hemenway of the NRCS.

South Dakota air quality by Brad Schultz, S.D. Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

Soil quality on Conservation Reserve Program grasslands by Walter Riedell, ARS plant physiologist.

What cover crops can do for South Dakota farmers by Shannon Osborne, ARS agronomist.

Proper manure application by NRCS scientists John Lentz and Eric Barsness.

In case of rain, presentations will be held in the machine shed at the farm. For more information on the event, call Susan Coombes at 605-693-5257, or e-mail her at

Source: SD AgBio Communications

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