BROOKINGS – To address drought issues as well as weed and pest controls, the South Dakota State University (SDSU) expansion will feature two locations at the South Dakota State Fair 2021 September 2-6 in Huron. The SDSU WEED Project and the SDSU Extension will both be presented in the Expo building.

According to Paul O. Johnson, SDSU Extension Weed Science Coordinator, this is the 52nd year the SDSU WEED Project has been featured at the State Fair.

“There won’t be any specific weeds or plants in this very difficult year, but we’re ready to answer any questions you may have about the problems this year’s weather caused with weed control,” says Johnson. “We are also ready to answer any questions you might have when planning next year’s harvest.”

The weed display will have plant and pasture weeds in addition to a lawn and garden weed area. The exhibition will again contain several publications that participants can take home with them on relevant topics.

The SDSU Extension booth will host resources from a variety of disciplines and educational programs across the state. Feed and water quality testing information and free water quality testing equipment are courtesy of SDSU Extension and the South Dakota Cattlemen’s Cattle Feeders Council. A limited number of water meters are available, so anyone interested should stop by the stand early on.

The Keystone Food and Families will feature the Farm to School program along with several other health and wellness initiatives, while the Community Vitality team will highlight the South Dakota Remote Works training program and the new Building Highly Effective Boards course.

For more information, see the SDSU Extension Events page (extension.sdstate.edu/events).