SDSU to host Saline Soil Workshop


Have you ever noticed a field with streaks of white accents in amongst topsoil in unproductive areas? Those trouble spots are most likely due to excess salinity aka salt build-ups in the soil profile. Saline soils cause major problems for farmers as they halt the movement of water, preventing uptake by crops, making production non-existent.

To help farmers mitigate this growing problem, the South Dakota Corn Utilization Council has been working with South Dakota State University on a three-year study to find possible amendments that would alleviate salinity issues, making that ground once again productive.

As the second year comes to a close, researchers from South Dakota State University’s Plant Science department will host a Saline and Sodic Soil Management Workshop and Field Tour for growers who would like to learn more about this issue. The workshop will take place on Tuesday, July 8th in Pierpont, South Dakota with registration beginning at 9:30am.

Morning speakers will include SDSU’s Cheryl Reese, Gregg Carlson, Doug Malo and Rachel Owen who will discuss the study’s background, objectives, results and management options.

White Lake farmer David Gillen, who has taken part in the study, will be talking about getting a return on investment in high salt soils.

The National Resource Conservation Service’s Jason Miller and Andrew Oxford will be performing a rainfall demonstration with saline/sodic soils.

Lunch will be provided by the SD Wheat Growers and SD Corn Utilization Council.

The afternoon will include activities and demonstrations from 1:00-3:00pm on Greg Tople’s farm near Pierpont. Transportation will be provided. Activities will include a soil pit site, soil amendment plots and gypsum vs. lime analysis. There will also be demonstrations including soil stability tests, web soil surveys and instruction on several handheld soil measuring devices including electrical conductivity, pH meters, moisture probes and more.

Click here to view the entire day’s agenda.

Please pre-register if you plan on attending.

There will be a charge of $10 per person collected at the workshop registration. This includes lunch, snacks and all activities.


One thought on “SDSU to host Saline Soil Workshop

  1. Gu Feng

    Hi, I am a visiting Professor from China Agricultural University. Your saline soil workshop is very interesting for me. I never know there are salinity soils in South Dakota.I just found the information from face book. It is very pity that I missed this event.Do you have any paperwork or booklets in this workshop? Could you please send me some related materials that tell the effects of soil salinity on crop production and the recommended technologies for farmer to deal with the salt soil ? I will be here until the end of August, could you please send me message if you have any plant nutrition and soil science related events ? My e-mail is
    Thank you.
    Gu Feng

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