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2022 Field Days

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The South Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station at SDSU will host a series of field days this summer at research farms across the state. The field days will highlight research happening on the farms and include presentations and demonstrations by SDSU Extension specialists and SDSU faculty.

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Farmers Market Resource Manual

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Choosing Beef Genetics for Use in Dairy Herds

Combinations of new technologies and economic challenges often usher in sweeping changes and opportunities. The use of beef genetics on dairy cows is the most-recent example.

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Heat Stress Forecasting Apps Available

Early summer heat stress in feedlot cattle is often triggered by rapid changes in temperature and humidity before cattle become acclimated to warmer conditions. Learn about some management tools that you can use to protect your herd.

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Alfalfa Harvest Timing and Objectives

Guessing when to make that first cutting can be difficult, as using plant maturity or calendar dates alone can be quite risky. Get the most out of your first cutting with some expert tips that consider the timing and objectives of alfalfa harvest.

Featured Programs

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beefSD Class 6

beefSD is an intensive educational program designed to take participants to the next level in beef enterprise management.

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Garden Hour

Join our experts to obtain timely information and ideas to get the most out of your garden and landscaping!

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Building Highly Effective Boards

Whether you are starting a new board or solidifying the roles and workings of an existing board, this program is a great way to get all members on the same page.

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.

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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Jun 29

Livestock Environmental Training for CAFOs Workshop - June

SDSU Extension will host a livestock environmental training program for concentrated animal feeding operations on June 29 at 8:30 AM CST at the Crossroads Convention Center in Huron (100 Fourth St. S.W. in Huron, SD 57350).

SDSU West River Research Farm land.
Jun 29

West River Field School

SDSU Extension will host the West River Field School Wednesday, June 29 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. MDT at the SDSU West River Research Farm near Sturgis, South Dakota.

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Jun 30

Dakota Lakes Research Farm Field Day

The South Dakota Agriculture Experiment Station at SDSU will host a field day at Dakota Lakes Research Farm on June 30, 2022 at 3:00 p.m. (CST).