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May Storm Damage

On Friday, May 13, Gov. Kristi Noem issued a State of Emergency and ordered state personnel and resources to communities impacted by the damaging storms that occurred Thursday, May 12, in eastern South Dakota. Our team has pulled together some resources to help those who were hit by the storms. We will continue to work with ag operations, communities and families throughout the recovery process.

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Latest Recommendations

Using Estrous Synchronization with Natural Service

During this episode of Cattle HQ, Olivia Amundson and Robin Salverson, talked with Dr. Bleaux Johnson, DVM with West River Health Services and rancher.

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Summer Grilling Safety Tips

With the first taste of warm weather comes the itch to get out and grill! Before you fire up the grill this season, here are a few reminders on grilling and food safety.

Black angus cowherd in spring pasture.

Can Early Weaning Benefit First-Calf Heifers?

First-calf heifers pose specific challenges for cattle producers. Learn how strategic weaning decisions can impact the performance and profitability of this challenging group.

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Shopping for Car Insurance

Does affordable car insurance mean the cheapest price, or does it mean getting the most for your money?

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Dividing Perennials in the Spring

Many beautiful perennials are hardy to South Dakota. Dividing perennials is an easy, inexpensive and reliable way to propagate your favorite perennials and keep them growing for years.

Three producers discussing a grazing plan in a pasture.

Five Range Management Principles: Creating a Grazing Plan

Creating a grazing management plan can be overwhelming. Learn the basic steps for outlining a plan, along with several resources to help identify the right strategy for your operation.

Featured Programs

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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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Park Prescriptions

Through a collaborative partnership between the South Dakota Department of Health, South Dakota Game Fish & Parks and SDSU Extension, healthcare professionals are encouraged to sign up and prescribe exercise to their patients through the Park Prescription (Park Rx) program.

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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.

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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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May 22

Garden Discovery Festival @ McCrory Gardens

Join us on May 22 for the 2022 Garden Discovery Festival at McCrory Gardens in Brookings, featuring plant sales, interactive booths, guided garden tours and expert-led workshops!

A group of raised ground beds with crops growing in them at McCrory Gardens in Brookings, South Dakota.
May 17

Garden Hour Webinar

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

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May 17

Mineral Nutrition for the Beef Cow Herd

SDSU Extension will be hosting a webinar series on mineral nutrition for the beef cow herd on May 17, May 19, May 24, May 26, and May 31 from 6-7:30 p.m. MT.