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Stay ahead of drought impacts with timely climate updates, business insights and research-tested management tips.

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Next SDSU Extension Drought Hour Set for June 28

Nearly 90% of South Dakota is now in some level of drought. According to the latest U.S. Drought Monitor, 56% of the state is in the Severe Drought (D2) and Extreme Drought (D3) classifications.

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Forage Resources for South Dakota Farmers and Ranchers

Producers often have difficulties locating fellow producers to buy, sell or rent forages and grazing acres too. South Dakota now has two widely recognized, free resources to aid in these connections.

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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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Jun 22

Mineral Nutrition for the Beef Cow Herd Webinars

SDSU Extension will be hosting a series of meetings on June 8, 10, 15, 17 and 22 from 6:30–8 p.m. MT (7:30–9 p.m. CST).

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Jun 22

2021 Garden Hour

Do you have gardening and landscaping questions? Join us Tuesdays at 7 p.m. CST to ask them!

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Jun 23

2021 Small Grain Variety Tours

SDSU Extension will be hosting Small Grain Variety Tours June and July at various locations across the state.

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Jun 24

2021 Dakota Lakes Research Farm Field Day

South Dakota State University’s Dakota Lakes Research Farm will host Field Day on June 24.