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Childcare Needs in South Dakota

There is a shortage of rural daycare providers throughout South Dakota. SDSU Extension provides resources, partnerships, and research on advocating for early childhood workforce development and striving to help providers and communities with childcare.

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Replacement Heifer Management Post-Artificial-Insemination

The financial investment in getting heifers bred early has a long-time impact on the cow success in the herd, making post-AI heifer development considerations essential.

SDSU Extension welcomes new Moody County 4-H Program Assistant

South Dakota State University Extension 4-H is pleased to welcome Whitney Sams as the new Moody County 4-H Program Assistant.

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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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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 28

Garden Hour

Make the most of your garden and landscaping with weekly insights and ideas from our team of experts.

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Jun 01

4-H State Outdoor Archery Tournament

SDSU Extension 4-H will host the 2024 4-H State Outdoor Archery Tournament at the NFAA Easton Yankton Archery Center (800 Archery Lane, Yankton, SD 57078) on June 1 and 2.

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Jun 08

Artificial Insemination (AI) Refresher Course

SDSU Extension will host an artificial insemination (AI) refresher course on June 8, 2024, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the SDSU Breeding Beef Unit (108 30th Street, Brookings, SD 57006).

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Jun 08

4-H Shooting Sports Coaches Training - Muzzleloading @ Butte County

SDSU Extension will host a 4-H Shooting Sports Coaches Training for the muzzleloading discipline on Saturday, June 8 beginning at 8:00 a.m. MT at the Center of the Nation Sportsmans Club (10606 3V Road, Belle Fourche, SD 57717).