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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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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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Beef: Best Management Practices for Cow-Calf Production

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Upcoming Events

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). 

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Jul 06

Annie's Project @ Yankton

SDSU Extension will host Annie's Project, a workshop series focusing on women involved in agriculture, on July 6, 13, 20, 27 and Aug. 3 and 10 in Yankton, South Dakota.

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Jul 09

2022 Heirlooms: Creative Life Story Writing Workshops @ Spearfish

SDSU Extension and the South Dakota Humanities Council will host an in-person Heirlooms: Creative Life Writing Workshop on July 9, 2022 at the Spearfish Senior Center from 10:30 a.m. MT to 2:30 p.m.