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Ranching and Prairie Streams: Riparian Vegetation

Riparian vegetation consists of the collection of plants that thrive along streams, riverbanks, and wetlands. Learn about the many ecological benefits this vegetation provides.

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Wool: A Natural Bio-Enhancement for Gardens

Sheep's wool has been seeing increased use in gardens as mulch or a soil additive due to its numerous benefits. Learn how wool can help your plants and garden thrive this gardening season!

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Change in South Dakota Agricultural Land, Tenure of Farm Operation, and Producer Characteristics 2012-2022

Report using the newly released data from the 2022 Census of Agriculture to provide an update on land in farms, the number of farms, tenure of farm operations, and producers’ characteristics in South Dakota for the last ten years, from 2012 to 2022.

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SDSU Extension welcomes new agronomy field specialist

South Dakota State University Extension is pleased to welcome Clarence Winter as a new Agronomy Field Specialist.

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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.

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How Much Weight do Beef Carcasses Lose While Aging?

Value in the beef industry is driven by quality and weight. Knowing much weight carcasses could lose during wet or dry aging is important to understanding all aspects of yield.

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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.

A low-gradient prairie river that is very meandering.

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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Jun 26

Environmental Training for CAFOs - June

An environmental training session for operators of Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs), will be held Wednesday, June 26, in Huron at the Crossroads Convention Center (100 Fourth St. S.W. in Huron, SD 57350).