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USDA Beef Quality Grades: What do they mean?

A large portion of beef sold at retail is accompanied by a USDA quality grade label. Learn how quality grades are determined, what they mean, and how they can be used to select the perfect cut for your purposes.

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Broccolini Performance in Three Established Clover Living Mulches in Eastern South Dakota

Research report determining the impact of three established clover species on weed suppression, crop growth, and broccolini yield.

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Factors Influencing Spray Coverage

Learn about the different factors that influence spray coverage and how you can tailor your practices to ensure that proper coverage is achieved.

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How to Store Leftover Garden Seeds

Curious about how long your leftover garden seeds will last? View some expert tips for storing a variety of seeds to keep them viable for use in your garden for years to come!

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Checklist to Pasture Turnout

When preparing to turn your herd out to pasture, there are a few management decisions that need to be made. Having a simple checklist is an easy way to make sure you are prepared.

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Preemergence Herbicide Application Considerations for 2024

Preemergence herbicides control germinating weeds, which minimizes early-season competition with crops to keep yield potential higher. Learn what factors influence their effectiveness and what can be done to avoid control failures and unintended crop injury.

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Further Reading

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South Dakota Pest Management Guides

The South Dakota Pest Management guides are now available for free. The guides offer recommendations for controlling weeds, insects, and diseases in a variety of South Dakota crops.

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South Dakota Agricultural Land Market Trends

The 2024 South Dakota State University (SDSU) Extension Farm Real Estate Market Survey is the 34th annual survey of agricultural land values and cash rental rates by land use and quality in different regions of South Dakota.

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Fertilizer Recommendation Guide

SDSU Extension fertilizer recommendations are based on field research in South Dakota and neighboring states.

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Understanding Western South Dakota Prairie Streams

This document provides information and guidance for landowners and land managers in western South Dakota who are managing small intermittent streams.

Upcoming Events

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May 21

Backyard Natural Resources Webinar

Join SDSU Extension to learn about backyard soil health, water use, conservation and biodiversity. This four-part educational series will be held from 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. CDT on May 14, 16, 21 and 23, 2024.

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May 21

Financial Fireside Chats - Webinar Series

SDSU Extension will host a weekly series of six free webinars focused on increasing financial knowledge and improving financial wellbeing on Tuesdays from April 23 to May 28, 2024, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. CDT.