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View resources to prepare for and recover from flood situations.

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Soil Only Blows During Droughts?

What causes soil to blow during periods of adequate moisure? High winds can rapidly dry soil close to the surface. If the winds are high enough, even soil at intermediate water contents can blow.

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PowerPay: Debt Management Tool

PowerPay is a free debt management tool created by Utah State University Extension. It helps users calculate how long it will take a person to pay off debt with multiple different plans.

Weathering the Weather as Agriculturists

In this episode of Cattle HQ, Madison Kovarna sits down with Dr. Darren Clabo from South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. Dr. Clabo shares his expertise on weather and fire across South Dakota.

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Resources to Stay Safe on Specialty Crop Farms

When was the last time you’ve thought about safety on your farm? View a collection of science-based safety resources for small and medium-scale commercial specialty crop farms from the field to the market.

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Inter-Seeding Cover Crops into Soybean

Recent studies have investigated the soil health and yield impacts of inter-seeding various cover crops into soybean plantings.

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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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Aug 24

Sheep Ultrasound Certification School

SDSU Extension will host a sheep ultrasound certification school from August 24 at 8:00 a.m. to August 26 at 5:00 p.m. at the SDSU Sheep Research and Teaching Unit (3727 Medary Avenue, Brookings, SD 57006).

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Jul 19

Moth Walk

SDSU Extension and McCrory Gardens will host a moth walk to kick off National Moth Week on Friday, July 19, 2024, from 9:00 to 11:00 p.m. at McCrory Gardens (631 22nd Ave, Brookings, SD 57007).

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Aug 20


Join SDSU Extension for daily informational presentations and ice cream socials during Dakotafest on August 20-22 on the Schlaffman Farm (2300 E Spruce Street, Mitchell, SD) inside booth #216.