no-till systems technology transfer project

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dakota lakes research farm

1998 plan of work

                    
objective
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Improve the capabilities of the cooperating agencies and other people throughout South Dakota to provide information and technical assistance to producers on no-till cropping systems that are environmentally, agronomically, and economically sound.
                     
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Select remaining lead contact personnel in southwestern and eastern one-third South Dakota
           

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Action Items
                

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1) Identify & select lead contact team members for eastern & southwestern SD regions (approximately 10 teams statewide).
             
START 10/97 END 1/98, STAFF DAYS - 5
RESPONSIBILITY:   Jason Miller, NRCS, in cooperation with NRCS, SDSU-CES, SD No-Till Association, Lead Producers, SDACD
       

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2) Work with each individual team to develop a plan of work that will meet each team's needs and assist them in implementing the plan of work.
      
START 10/97 END 9/98, STAFF DAYS - 15(Total)
RESPONSIBILITY:   Jason Miller, NRCS, in cooperation with central SD Lead Contact Teams
               
START 10/97 END 9/98
RESPONSIBILITY:   Jason Miller, NRCS, in cooperation with western & eastern SD Lead Contact Teams
                         
bullet.gif (870 bytes) Goal II:
Increase the no-till SYSTEM experience and knowledge level of the lead contact team members.
            

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Action Items

              

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1) Review and edit the Diversity Index and Intensity Rating system to ensure accuracy and to include perennial crops.
          
START 10/97 END 11/97, STAFF DAYS - 5
RESPONSIBILITY:   Jason Miller, NRCS
              

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2) Hold two workshops for all lead contact personnel at research and/or demonstration sites. (Topics: Systems approach, machinery, internet)
               
START 10/97 END 9/98, STAFF DAYS - 15
RESPONSIBILITY:   Jason Miller, NRCS, in cooperation with NRCS, SDSU-CES, SDSU-AES, Selected Lead Producers
      

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3) Hold ten region specific (county cluster) workshops that will provide SYSTEM components (fine tuning) for lead contact personnel at lead producer's farms and at research and demonstration sites throughout South Dakota.  Topics identified by team members (to date) to be covered at these workshops include: Principles and Practices of No-Till Systems, alternative crops and crop rotations (Diversity index and intensity rating), equipment modifications and row spacing affects and costs, etc.
             
START 10/97 END 9/98, STAFF DAYS - 40
RESPONSIBILITY:   Jason Miller, NRCS, in cooperation with SDSU-CES Specialists, Selected Lead Producers, Central & Western SD Lead Contact Teams (7 workshops)
              
START 2/98 END 9/98, STAFF DAYS - 17
RESPONSIBILITY:   Jason Miller, NRCS, Eastern SD Lead Contact Teams (3 workshops)
                 
bullet.gif (870 bytes) Goal III:
To provide producers, agency personnel, and industry agronomists with easily accessible, timely, and quality no-till SYSTME information.
                  

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Action Items
             

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1) Locate, arrange, and make available in an understandable format research information which is pertinent to no-till cropping systems in South Dakota.  One objective is to update the "No-Till Guidelines for the Arid and Semi-Arid Prairies."
             
START 10/97 END 9/98, STAFF DAYS - 40
RESPONSIBILITY:   Jason Miller, NRCS, Dr. Dwayne Beck, AES in cooperation with SDSU-CES, SD No-Till Association, USDA-ARS
            

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2) As no-till technology changes, ensure that current information is available to South Dakota producers.  Information that will be available by 12/31/97 includes:  1997 Dakota Lakes Research Farm crop rotation data and row spacing effects on yeilds and weed control in relation to crop rotation.
             
START 10/97 END 9/98, STAFF DAYS - 20
RESPONSIBILITY:   Jason Miller, NRCS, and Doug Vick, NRCS, in cooperation with SDSU-CES, SDSU-AES
         

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3) Hire a part-time person with skills in word processing to assist with project implementation.
              
START 10-97 END 11/97
RESPONSIBILITY:   SDSU-AES & CES
           

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4) Construct a World Wide Web home page that contains the principles and practices of no-till cropping systems, no-till equipment principles, Dakota Lakes Research Farm rotational studies data, etc.
             
START 10/97 END 9/98
RESPONSIBILITY:   SD No-Till Association in cooperation with SDSU-CES, SDSU-AES
             

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5) Assist with dissemination the "Principles and Practices of No-Till Systems" to producer, agency, and private industry tour groups.
               
START 10/97 END 9/98, STAFF DAYS - 30
RESPONSIBILITY:   Jason Miller, NRCS
                   

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6) Provide agronomic assistance to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.
         
START 10/97 END 9/98, STAFF DAYS - 6
RESPONSIBILITY:   Rod Voss, NRCS; Mark Valencsin, Monsanto; Jason Miller, NRCS
         
bullet.gif (870 bytes) Goal IV:
Increas the no-till SYSTEM experience and knowledge level of NRCS conservationists and county extension personnel with agronomic interests.
              

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Action Items
                

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1) Hold 1 general training session for NRCS conservationists and county extension personnel with agronomic interests at selected Lead Producer's farms and at research and/or demonstration sites.  Thes workshops will be applied for CCA Continuing Education Units.   (Topics: Systems approach, machinery, internet)
           
START 5/98 END 9/98, STAFF DAYS - 5
RESPONSIBILITY:   Jason Miller, NRCS, in cooperation with SDSU-AES, SDSU-CES, NRCS, Selected Lead Producers, Agribusinesses
            
bullet.gif (870 bytes) 198 staff days are committed by Jason Miller, NRCS, to this project
                        

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