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SDSU Extension welcomes new livestock specialist

South Dakota State University Extension is pleased to welcome Addie Womack as a new Livestock Production and Stewardship Field Specialist.

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Biennial Weed Species Have Started to Emerge

The warmer weather this year has caused some biennial weed species to emerge earlier than normal. Learn some management considerations for areas that have been historically infested with biennial weeds.

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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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Accounting for Soil Wetness Prior to Conducting Farm Operations to Minimize Compaction

In the spring many agricultural producers are anxious to get into the field and perform tillage, planting, and chemical applications. However, if field operations are done when the soil is too wet, this can lead to soil compaction.

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New digital Fertilizer Recommendation Support Tool launches nationwide

South Dakota State University Extension and project partners are proud to announce the nationwide release of the Fertilizer Recommendation Support Tool (FRST), a decision aid that provides an unbiased, science-based interpretation of soil phosphorus and potassium values for crop fertilization.

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Healthy Guts Make Healthy Cattle

Feed additives, including probiotics, prebiotics, and postbiotics, can be incorporated in beef cattle diets to help improve animal health, increase performance, and reduce antibiotic use.

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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 2023 South Dakota State University (SDSU) Extension Farm Real Estate Market Survey is the 33rd 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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Apr 23

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.

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Apr 24

Starting the Season Safely on Specialty Crop Farms

Join SDSU Extension to learn about how to keep yourself, your staff, and your produce safe on your specialty crop farm.

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Apr 29

Beef Quality Assurance Training @ Eagle Butte

SDSU Extension will host a beef quality assurance (BQA) training on April 29 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. in Eagle Butte at Landmark Hall (321 Main St, Eagle Butte, SD 57625).

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May 01

Better Choices, Better Health® South Dakota Workshop @ Salem

SDSU Extension will host a six-week Better Choices, Better Health® South Dakota workshop on chronic disease management. The workshops are from 9:00-11:30 a.m. every Wednesday from May 1-June 5 at Salem Chiropractic Clinic (740 Main St, Salem, SD 57058).