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The Crop Hour webinars are designed to provide valuable information to producers and agribusiness people to improve efficiency and profitability within their businesses. Participants will have the opportunity to take in as many as 24 different sessions to hear about current crop production topics and issues, as well as learn from last year’s research while making plans for this year.

Crop Hour will run from January 24 through March 2, every Tuesday through Thursday from 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. CST. 

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Color-coded temperature outlook map of the United States for February through April 2023. For an in-depth description of this graphic, please call SDSU Extension at 605-688-6729.

La Niña’s Third Year Concludes With Cold Temperatures

A rare, third consecutive year with La Niña conditions is coming to an end, but not without bringing cold temperatures in early February. See what to expect for the rest of winter and early spring with an analysis of the NOAA's latest climate outlook.

Lenny's Lily Pad: Billie & Kelsea Sutton

In this episode, Joshua Hofer and Kara Harders meet with Billie and Kelsea Sutton of Burke, South Dakota, owners of Lenny's Lilly Pad.

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Monthly Cattle Prices and Basis Levels

Effective marketing and risk management techniques often rely on sound benchmarks. Those marketing cattle need reasonable metrics to evaluate received and expected prices.

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Water Usage Increased by Dietary Phytase Inclusion in Growing and Finishing Swine

Total water usage is an important consideration in sustainable pork production. Recent research at the SDSU investigated water usage of growing and finishing pigs fed diets without or with phytase included in the diet.

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Unwinding the Uterine Clock - The Ins and Outs of AI with Dr. Bob Cushman

In this episode of Cattle HQ, join Kiernan Brandt, Robin Salverson, and Olivia Amundson, SDSU Extension Cow/Calf Field Specialists as they talk with Dr. Bob Cushman on the bovine uterine clock.

Cottonwood Creek on the SDSU Cottonwood Field Station.

Ranching and Prairie Streams: Why Riparian Areas Matter

For many producers, riparian pastures are essential to their operations. However, land managers need to balance grazing and utilization needs with riparian health for the long-term benefit of their operation.

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 2022 South Dakota State University (SDSU) Extension Farm Real Estate Market Survey is the 32nd 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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Feb 09

South Dakota Virtual Vegetable Short Course

SDSU Extension will host a South Dakota Virtual Vegetable Short Course series on January 31, February 2, 7, and 9, 2023. The four-part educational series will be held from 7:00-8:30 p.m. CST / 6:00-7:30 p.m. MT each evening. This session will focus on managing cover crops as living mulch for vegetable production.

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Feb 08

Private Applicator Training - February

SDSU Extension will host a free private applicator training on February 8, 2023, online and at various locations throughout South Dakota.

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Feb 10

Pork Quality Assurance Plus 5.0 Advisor Training - February

SDSU Extension will host a Pork Quality Assurance Plus 5.0 Advisor Training on February 10 from 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. at the SDSU Swine Education and Research Facility (2221 Medary Ave, Brookings, SD 57006).