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SDSU Extension, under the guidance of South Dakota State University, continues to serve South Dakotans while balancing the safety of our staff and the public.

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Farm Stress

A healthy response to farm stressors involves paying attention and determining coping strategies that are useful.

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Both livestock and crops are essential to South Dakota's agricultural industry.

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4-H is the nation’s largest youth development organization, involving young people in urban, suburban and rural communities. 4-H fosters an innovative, “learn by doing” approach with proven results.

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Garden & Yard

Flowers, vegetables, trees, and lawns - learn how to improve your landscape, control weeds and insects and bring the bounty of your garden to your family’s dinner table.

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Linking nutrition education, physical activity and food preparation is a great way to help families and children learn how to eat healthier and improve wellness.

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Our programs are designed to improve the quality of life for individuals and families, and the communities in which they live, work, and play.

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Further Reading

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SDSU Extension to Discuss Water, Weather and Climate

Nothing impacts the growing season more than weather and water. From irrigation and fertilizer timing to pest control and field workability, daily decisions on-farm are based on what’s in the sky and what’s in the ground below.

Color-coded drought monitor map of South Dakota. As of February 23, all of South Dakota is facing abnormally dry to severe drought conditions.

Agronomic Considerations for Moisture Deficit Conditions

The current drought stress in South Dakota is more pronounced than we have seen in the last few years. If this continues, cropping decisions may need to be adjusted for the upcoming growing season.

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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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Mar 04

Crop Hour: Sunflower Webinars

Would you like to learn more about sunflower varieties, pollinators and weed and pest control? Join us March 2, 3, 4 and 5 at 10 a.m. CST.

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Mar 04

March Community Virtual Book Read

SDSU Extension will be hosting a virtual book read on Thursdays in March beginning on March 4, 2021 at 7:30 p.m. CST until March 25.

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Mar 08

Gardening for Monarchs

SDSU Extension and the Master Gardener Program will be hosting a gardening for monarchs on March 8 at 7 p.m. CT.

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Mar 11

SD 4-H Statewide Listening Sessions

We want to hear from you! Join us at an upcoming listening session!