In The News

Ag Expo 2019 - Another Successful Year!

Thank you to everyone who was able to come to Ag Expo 2019!  We enjoyed nice weather, with great speakers and entertainment.    More information about new board members, prize winners and the silent auction will be forthcoming.

Dicamba Training Update

Check out the Dicamba page for a list of training sessions just added.



Regulatory Alerts

EPA Announces Changes to Dicamba Registration

On October 31, 2018, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it is extending the registration of dicamba for two years for “over-the-top” use (application to growing plants) to control weeds in fields for cotton and soybean plants genetically engineered to resist dicamba. This action was informed by input from and extensive collaboration between EPA, state regulators, farmers, academic researchers, pesticide manufacturers, and other stakeholders.   Read more...

South Dakota Launches New Sensitive Crop Registry 


 The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) announced a new partnership with FieldWatch, Inc. to introduce a new sensitive crop registry that will enhance communication between applicators and producers in South Dakota. FieldWatch is a not-for-profit company with existing registries in multiple states across the country. The new partnership will facilitate increased awareness and communication as part of ongoing stewardship activities.     Read More...


Items of Interest

November 8, 2018

Based on November 1 conditions, South Dakota's 2018 corn crop is forecast at 822 million bushels, up 12 percent from last year's production, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. Acreage harvested for grain is estimated at 4.95 million acres, down 3 percent from a year ago. Average yield is forecast at a record high 166 bushels per acre, up 21.0 bushels from last year.
Soybean production is forecast at a record high 275 million bushels, up 14 percent from last year. Area for harvest, at 5.61 million acres, is unchanged from 2017. Yield is forecast at 49
bushels per acre, up 6 bushels from last year.

Sorghum for grain production is forecast at 14.3 million bushels, up 23 percent from last year. Area for harvest, at 190,000 acres, is up 12 percent from 2017. Yield is forecast at 75 bushels per
acre, up 7 bushels from last year.

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August 15, 2018

Nutrient Research and Education Council Launches Website

The South Dakota Nutrient Research and Education Council (NREC) invites visitors to explore their newly launched website,, designed to share information about important nutrient research projects.

NREC was created by state statute in 2016 and is funded by a 50-cent per ton assessment on bulk fertilizer sold in South Dakota. The funding is used by NREC for nutrient research and education to ensure the discovery and adoption of practices that address environmental concerns, optimize nutrient use efficiency, and ensure soil fertility.

The 13-member council annually solicits, reviews and funds projects that fulfill the organization’s mission. The next Request for Proposals (RFP) will be opened soon and details will be provided on the NREC website at

Anyone interested in submitting research projects or exploring current research results is encouraged to visit the website for more information.