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Saline/sodic soils workshops, tours to be held

Saline/sodic soils workshops, tours to be held

Events will be held in Pukwana and Redfield, S.D., July 7 and 8.

There are going to be saline/sodic soil workshops and tours at Pukwana, S.D., on Tuesday, July 7, and at Redfield, S.D., on Thursday, July 9.

A field in North Dakota turns white with salt as the soil dries out.

The mornings of each event will consist of presentations defining the saline / sodic soil topic and management solutions that South Dakota State University researchers have studied. In the afternoon, attendees will visit soil pits. One soil pit will be dug in a very salty area and then right across the fence, one in the same soil type that was established with salt tolerant grasses. There will also be plots of salt tolerant perennial grass and alfalfa mixtures, salt tolerant barley and rapeseed mixtures and a drought tolerant hard red spring wheat to view. An in-season cover crop seeder built by senior SDSU students will also be on display.

The Pukwana meeting will begin in the 4-H Building. The Redfield meeting will begin at the Armory.

Pukwana agenda
9:30 a.m. -- Registration
9:50 a.m. -- Welcome
10:00 a.m. -- Definition of the Soil Related Salt Problems, Doug Malo, SDSU Assistant Department Head/Distinguished Professor
10:20 a.m. -- Soil Testing and Interpreting Soil Test Results, David Clay, SDSU Professor
10:40 a.m. -- Soil Amendment Options, Cheryl Reese, SDSU
11:00 a.m. - Problems Tiling in Saline/Sodic Soils
11:20 a.m. -- Managing Vegetation in Salt-Affected Soils, Sharon Clay, SDSU Professor
11:40 a.m. -- Program Options to Implement Perennial Vegetation on Salt Areas, Stacy Turgeon, NRCS DC
12:00 – 1:00 p.m. -- Lunch, Sponsored by the South Dakota Corn Council
1:00 p.m. - Rainfall Demonstration–Saline/Sodic soil, Jeff Hemenway, USDA-NRCS Huron, Hand held soil pH/EC/Salt meters, Cheryl Reese, SDSU
1:30 – 3:30 p.m. -- Field Tour and Soil Pit Demonstration.

Redfield agenda
8:45 a.m. -- Registration
9:15 a.m. – Welcome, David Clay, SDSU and SD Corn Utilization Council president Reno Brueggeman
9:35 a.m. -- Definition of the Soil Related Salt Problems, Doug Malo, SDSU
9:55 a.m. -- Soil Testing and Interpreting Soil Test Results David Clay, SDSU
10:15 a.m. -- Soil Amendment Impact on Soil Salts Cheryl Reese, SDSU
10:35 a.m. -- Problems Tiling in Saline/Sodic Soils
10:55 a.m. -- Precision Soil Management, Jim Millar,
11:15 a.m. -- Managing Vegetation in Salt-Affected Soils, Sharon Clay, SDSU
11:35 a.m. -- Program Options to Implement Perennial Vegetation in Salt Areas, Shane Jordan, NRCS-DC Demonstrations, Armory Parking Lot: NRCS Rainfall Simulator & Soil Stability Tests – Handheld soil electrical conductivity (EC), pH meters, moisture probes, etc. – Cheryl Reese, SDSU
12-1:00 p.m. -- Lunch, Sponsors: SD Corn Utilization Council
1-3:30 p.m. -- Field Tour and Soil Pit Demonstration. Differences underground, salty vs. non-salty soils; Soil amendment plots

There is a $15 registration fee. To pre-register, call 605-334-0100 or visit www.sdcorn.org by July 2.

Source: SDSU

TAGS: USDA
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