SDSU saline/sodic soil workshop and field tour at Mitchell

South Dakota State University will host a saline/sodic soils workshop and field tour July 7 at Mitchell Technical Institute’s Technology Center.

The event costs $15 per person includes a workshop in the morning, lunch, and an afternoon field tour. We ask that you please pre-register.


8:45 a.m. — Registration, coffee doughnuts

9:15 a.m. — Welcome, Cheryl Reese, SDSU; and Jim Ristau, SD Corn sustainability director

9:25 — Doug Malo, SDSU: Saline/Sodic Soils: Why and where these soils form

9:45 — Tom DeSutter, NDSU: Soil testing for saline/sodic soils. What should I ask for? What do the numbers mean? Tile these areas?

10:05 — Cheryl Reese, SDSU: Cover crops and soil amendments to manage saline/sodic areas

10:25 — Break

10:40 — Heather Dose, USDA-ARS/NDSU: Management impact on soil biology in salt-affected areas

11 — Jeff Hemenway, NRCS: Managing water in saline/sodic field areas

11:20 — Heidi Rients, NRCS: Program options to implement perennial vegetation in salt areas

11:40 — Scott Hamilton of Hitchcock and Craig Stehly of Mitchell: How vegetation has helped manage saline/sodic areas on my farm

Noon-1 p.m. — Lunch, sponsored by South Dakota Corn Utilization Council

1-3 p.m. — In-field demonstrations, soil stability tests and saline/sodic soil pits, by Jeff Hemmenway, Jason Gilb and Bruce Kunze, all with NRCS



Bookings are closed for this event.