A new interactive map gives South Dakota agriculture producers an opportunity to closely follow research and development occurring at SDSU field stations and on-farm studies explained Dave Clay, professor of soil science at South Dakota State University.

He terms it a “truly new way to communicate” with all levels of agricultural partners/producers. “The interactive map allows anyone to post comments about a particular project and share these projects via Facebook, Twitter or email," said Clay of the interactive map co-sponsored by SDSU Extension, South Dakota Soybean Research and Promotion Council and local producers.

Each project lists a contact for the project leader allowing for direct questions or comments. The interactive map is now up and running at iGrow.org (https://igrow.crowdmap.com/).

Other features include mobile apps for Android and iOS (Phone/iPad) operating systems, allowing users to post observations as they see them. Comments, conversations and questions from the public are welcome. 

Currently the site highlights on-farm projects associated with producing 100 bushels of soybeans per acre, managing saline and sodic problems, precision soybean planting, increasing energy efficiency and increasing grazing efficiency.   

"This interactive map is a great example of how together we work to improve agriculture in South Dakota," Clay said.

He is encouraging growers in the state to leave a comment, ask a question or download the mobile app to comment in the field. To learn more, visit iGrow.org.