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SDSU Extension

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.


Latest Recommendations

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What is Farm to School and Early Care and Education?

Farm-to-school enriches the connection communities have with fresh, healthy food and local food producers by changing food purchasing and education practices at schools and early childhood education settings.

Three grain bins on the edge of a snow-covered field.

Forecasted Cold Temperatures Can Be Used To Cool Down Stored Grain

If temperatures are forecasted as being well below freezing, it would probably be a good time to start thinking about cooling stored grain. Cooling grain reduces the activity of stored grain insect pests and suppresses any mold growth that may otherwise occur.

Scoops of ready-to-eat cookie dough in a white bowl.

How to Make a Safe, Ready-to-Eat Cookie Dough

Ready-to-eat cookie dough is a delicious snack or dessert that can be enjoyed, but only when made safely. This includes using commercially processed heat-treated flour, ready-to-eat ingredients and using good sanitary practices when making the cookie dough.

Beef carcass with a transparent grading grid placed over the cut.

Beef Carcass Yield Grades: What do they mean and how are they calculated?

Beef carcass yield grades are used to estimate cutability, which is the amount of boneless, closely trimmed retail cuts from the round, loin, rib and chuck a carcass will yield.

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Ready, Set, Manage Hay Differently

Feed is expensive and sometimes hard to find. Pasture prices, harvest expenses, hauling and waste add to the total feed bill. Evaluate your forage situation this winter and make changes that improve your profitability.

Young mother working remotely on a laptop computer in her kitchen.

Remote Work in 2022: Possibilities and Opportunities

As employers continue to address the fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic, the possibility of flexible work arrangements is likely to continue long into the future.

Featured Programs

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Crop Hour

SDSU Extension will deliver a series of virtual Crop Hour webinars Jan. 11 through Mar. 3, every Tuesday through Thursday from 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. CST.

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Commercial Pesticide Applicator Training

Those who apply pesticides for hire or as a government employee that applies pesticides while performing work duties, must have a commercial applicator license.

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Fit & Strong

This 8-or-12-week program targets older adults with osteoarthritis and has demonstrated significant functional and physical activity improvements in this population.

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 2021 South Dakota State University (SDSU) Extension Farm Real Estate Market Survey is the 31st annual survey of agricultural land values and cash rental rates by land use and quality in different regions of South Dakota.

Newborn black angus calf with mother cow.

Beef: Best Management Practices for Cow-Calf Production

This comprehensive book provides producers with insight and education into the latest beef management, handling practices and technology.

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Fertilizer Recommendation Guide

SDSU Extension fertilizer recommendations are based on field research in South Dakota and neighboring states.

Upcoming Events

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Feb 01

Crop Hour: Wheat Webinars

Would you like to learn more about wheat management? Join us Feb. 1, 2 and 3 at 10:00 a.m. CST.

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Feb 01

Commercial Applicator Training @ Mitchell

SDSU Extension will host commercial applicator training in Michell at the Highland Conference Center.

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Feb 01

BeefUP Save the Date and Registration

BeefUP will be offered as an online course taken at your own pace. Late Gestation, Calving to Breeding, Breeding to Weaning (late lactation), and Weaning to Late Gestation (dry cow phase) will be discussed while covering topics of Reproduction, Nutrition, Health and Economics related to each area of production.