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shop online at www.missourivalleyshopper.com May 15, 2018 • Page 3 New at Dog and Cat Food in Yankton •$1 off Dog Treats •50¢ off Canned Dog & Cat Food •$2 to $5 off Bagged Dog & Cat Food ALE ON S W NO Collaborating For Research-Based Solutions By Lura Roti for SDSU Extension Why was their potato crop destroyed by disease some years, and other years produced a bumper crop? As a young child growing up on his family's diversified farm in Uganda, Africa, this unanswered question frustrated Emmanuel Byamukama. It also sparked an interest in agricultural research which eventually led to his career as a South Dakota State University Assistant Professor and SDSU Extension Plant Pathologist. "Research is fascinating," explains Byamukama, who works in all areas of SDSU's land grant mission - teaching, research and extension. "It gives me a lot of joy and job satisfaction when I am able to help farmers. Through SDSU Extension we provide growers with research-based, unbiased information so they can make decisions on what practices they want to implement." To provide research-based information, Byamukama, like all SDSU Extension Agriculture and Natural Resources staff, works closely with the team at the South Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station at SDSU (SDSU AES). "No one person can do everything. Because of the collaborative relationship SDSU Extension has with SDSU AES, together we can address problems, develop applicable solutions and share them with growers," Byamukama says. Currently, Byamukama is collaborating with a team of AES agronomists, along with computer scientists and mathematicians from SDSU's Jerome J. Lohr College of Engineering, to develop a tool South Dakota soybean growers can use to protect their fields from white mold. The research is driven by concerns pouring in from numerous South Dakota soybean growers who annually lose yields and profits because they are unable to effectively treat the white mold fungus. And, the products are not to blame. The issue is due to treatment timing. In order to be effective, fungicide needs to be applied at flowering, before any indication of a white mold attack. White mold is a devastating, difficult-totreat disease, Byamukama explains, because the first visual signs of the fungus in a field are dead soybean plants. However, because a white mold attack is triggered by specific weather conditions, researchers have found that there are environmental predictors which can be used to forecast the probability of white mold. Through multi-season field analyses conducted in farmers' fields and in SDSU AES test plots, as well as weather data collected Think Spring!! Don’s Dust Control • Horse Arenas • Private & Commerical Drives • Unpaved Roads • Grain Elevator Access • Free Estimates Large Selection! Check it out today! RIVERCITY in the same locations, Byamukama and the SDSU team are developing white mold prediction models. Once perfected, the anticipated result will be an online tool that allows farmers to determine whether or not a fungicide application is necessary. And, if it is necessary, the tool will let farmers know when to apply a fungicide. "This information will help growers protect their soybean yields and, ultimately, become more profitable and sustainable," Byamukama says. This research project is just one of many examples of the effective working relationship between SDSU Extension and SDSU AES, explains Karla Trautman, SDSU Extension Interim Director. "This collaboration is the land grant mission at work," Trautman says. "For more than a century, SDSU Extension has served as the communications conduit providing applicable information, based on research conducted at the university, research stations and elsewhere, to South Dakotans who need it." Because of the grassroots nature of SDSU Extension, many research projects underway at SDSU AES are initiated in the same way as the white mold research, explains Bill Gibbons, Interim Director, South Dakota H l UticaMaya9 l 1 y, th Saturda 0am 7:30pm to 12:3 Four On The Road Band $10 Cover Charge At The Door Treasures & Pawn 605-491-2133 Agricultural Experiment Station at South Dakota State University and Interim Associate Dean for Research, College of Agriculture and Biological Sciences. "SDSU Extension staff work closely with South Dakotans. Our SDSU Extension team has long been relied upon as a trusted source for information. So, many times, they are the first to learn of issues producers are encountering in the field. If the research is not already available, our extension staff come to the AES team for that research," Gibbons says. Local research, like that conducted on stations and in farmers' farms across the state by SDSU Extension and AES staff is invaluable, says Byamukama, again referencing the white mold research. "Because pathogens and environment are location-specific, the conditions that are here in South Dakota would not be the same as those found in Iowa, Minnesota or any other state. To solve local problems, we need to have access to local research," Byamukama explains. Byamukama and the SDSU AES team will continue to collect data and test white mold prediction models throughout the 2018 growing season, field-test the system in 2019, in hopes that South Dakota farmers can begin to use the online tool growing season 2020. 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