IALC Founding Member Institution
Brookings, South Dakota
Faculty at South Dakota State University collectively have more than 100 years of experience working on improvements for agricultural systems in semiarid environments, much of it at field sites that receive only 14 to 28 inches of precipitation per year. Many facilities at South Dakota State University are involved in arid lands research and education, including the College of Agriculture and Biological Sciences, the Water Resources Institute, the Office of Remote Sensing, and a new 460-acre research farm. A new regional research facility, the Northern Plains Biostress Laboratory, was dedicated on September 17, 1993. A Northern Great Plains Water Resources Research Center currently is being developed.
International development work is a major emphasis at South Dakota State University. During the early 1980s the University implemented a five-year, U.S. Agency for International Development-funded institutional development program in Botswana. Considerable emphasis was placed on training agricultural specialists to help farmers maximize productivity and conserve water in this arid country; crop development also is emphasized. The spring wheat breeding project at South Dakota State University, in cooperation with Mid-America International Agricultural Consortium and the USDA Entomology Project at Manhattan, Kansas, introduced SAADA, a hardy wheat germplasm. SAADA is recommended for regions where crops are stressed by heat, low rainfall, and Hessian fly infestations. Studies indicate that the germplasm is widely available and being used by farmers in Morocco.
Arid Lands Expertise at South Dakota State University
In recent years, expertise in arid and semiarid agriculture at South Dakota State University has included aspects of international development projects; remote sensing; rangeland, cropland, and water research; and landscape ecology.
A selected list of research specialties includes:
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