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Supplies for starting sourdough bread.

Sourdough Starters

Everyone loves a fresh slice of warm sourdough bread. But what is the science behind that crisp and chewy baked good?

Cornstalk bales in a snow-dusted field of harvested corn.

Should We Sell Corn Stalks?

Grazing and baling corn stalks can offer producers financial and agronomic benefits, and also provide feed resources for cattle producers. Learn how to determine if it's the right decision for your operation.

The Medicine Quilt Part 2: Roy Kaufman and Lois Janzen Preheim

On this episode of Home Starts Here, Joshua Hofer and Kara Harders speak with Roy Kaufman and Lois Janzen Preheim from the Freeman Network for Justice and Peace.

A young man collecting a water sample from a pond using a water dipper.

Performing a Field Test for Livestock Water Quality

Learn how to use some simple, readily available tools that can help analyze the quality of your livestock water sources right in the field.

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Feed Nutrient Comparison Calculator

This comparison calculator is designed to assist producers with supplemental feed purchasing decisions for their operation.

Urea supplement in a feed scoop.

Considerations of Urea Use in Cattle Rations

In beef cattle nutrition, it is important to understand how protein is used along with the various protein sources available for diets. Urea is an example of a non-protein nitrogen source that can be used in diets in certain situations.

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 2023 South Dakota State University (SDSU) Extension Farm Real Estate Market Survey is the 33rd 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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Dec 08

Precision Livestock Management Field Day

SDSU Extension will host a Precision Livestock Management Field Day on Friday, December 8 from 8:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. at the Cow-Calf Education and Research Facility (2901 Western Ave, Brookings, SD 57006).

Several red angus cattle feeding at a feed bunk.
Dec 06

Environmental Training for CAFOs - December

SDSU Extension will host an environmental training session for operators of Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) on December 6 at the Crossroads Convention Center in Huron (100 Fourth St. S.W. in Huron, 57350).

A group of red and white calves grazing in a field of switchgrass.
Dec 12

Managing Soil: Maximizing Profit Conference and Southeast Research Farm Annual Meeting

SDSU Extension will host a Managing Soil: Maximizing Profit Conference and the Southeast Research Farm Annual Meeting, on December 12, from 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. at the Taopi Community Hall (102 E 3rd St, Colton, SD 57018).

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Dec 13

Range Beef Cow Symposium

Colorado State University’s Department of Animal Sciences, in partnership with SDSU Extension as well as the Cooperative Extension Service and Animal Science Departments of the University of Nebraska and the University of Wyoming will host the 28th Range Beef Cow Symposium on Dec. 13-14 at The Ranch in Loveland, Colorado.