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COVID-19

SDSU Extension, under the guidance of South Dakota State University, continues to serve South Dakotans while balancing the safety of our staff and the public.

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Farm Stress

A healthy response to farm stressors involves paying attention and determining coping strategies that are useful.

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Agriculture

Both livestock and crops are essential to South Dakota's agricultural industry.

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4-H

4-H is the nation’s largest youth development organization, involving young people in urban, suburban and rural communities. 4-H fosters an innovative, “learn by doing” approach with proven results.

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Garden & Yard

Flowers, vegetables, trees, and lawns - learn how to improve your landscape, control weeds and insects and bring the bounty of your garden to your family’s dinner table.

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Food

Linking nutrition education, physical activity and food preparation is a great way to help families and children learn how to eat healthier and improve wellness.

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Family

Our programs are designed to improve the quality of life for individuals and families, and the communities in which they live, work, and play.

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Further Reading

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March 2021 Drought Update and Ranch Preparation

Following a dry fall and winter season, drought is high on the list of concerns going into the spring season. As we enter this critical wet period, it is time to watch the weather and climate a little closer and plan for the potential of the current drought to continue.

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SDSU Extension to Discuss Water, Weather and Climate

Nothing impacts the growing season more than weather and water. From irrigation and fertilizer timing to pest control and field workability, daily decisions on-farm are based on what’s in the sky and what’s in the ground below.

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South Dakota Agricultural Land Market Trends

The 2020 SDSU Extension Farm Real Estate Market Survey is the 30th 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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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.

Upcoming Events

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Mar 08

Gardening for Monarchs

SDSU Extension and the Master Gardener Program will be hosting a gardening for monarchs on March 8 at 7 p.m. CT.

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Mar 09

Crop Hour: Understanding SDSU Extension Agronomy Research Webinars

Would you like to learn more about ag research and our current projects? Join us Mar. 9, 10, 11, and 12 at 10 a.m. CST.

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Mar 10

2021 Livestock Environmental Training for CAFOs Workshop - March

SDSU Extension will host a livestock environmental training program for concentrated animal feeding operations on March 10 at 8:30 AM CST at the Crossroads Convention Center in Huron (100 Fourth St. S.W. in Huron, 57350).

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Mar 11

SD 4-H Statewide Listening Sessions

We want to hear from you! Join us at an upcoming listening session!