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Corn Seed Treatment Effects on Soil Microbial Activity and Grain Yield at the 2022 Soil Health School

A recent research product at the South Dakota Soil Health Coalition's Soil Health School investigated the impact of omitting corn seed treatments on plant stands, microbial activity and grain yields. The findings may surprise you!

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Effects of Spring Flooding in Winter Wheat

Every winter, growers are curious if their winter wheat will survive the winter. Learn some key factors that determine plant survival along with tips for assessing your fields this spring.

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Direct Marketing Lamb: Selling Direct to Consumer

The growing interest in food chain transparency has fostered the growth of direct marketing meat to consumers. Learn some of the challenges and opportunities this style of marketing offers lamb producers.

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South Dakota Fertilizer Rate Guidelines Calculator for Corn, Soybean, and Wheat

Calculator for Fertilizer Guidelines for Corn, Soybean and Wheat in South Dakota

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Live Weight vs. Carcass Weight: Effect on Cost of Gain and Margin

More cattle each year are marketed using carcass weight to determine value, sometimes combined with grid premiums and discounts. Can we use the same assumptions for growth and cost of gain when marketing methods differ?

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South Dakota Licensed Kitchen Process

Interested in selling food products in a retail establishments? Licensed kitchens are the place to start. Learn the steps for building a licensed kitchen in South Dakota along with rules, regulations and guidelines for processing foods in existing licensed kitchens.

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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Fertilizer Recommendation Guide

SDSU Extension fertilizer recommendations are based on field research in South Dakota and neighboring states.

A low-gradient prairie river that is very meandering.

Understanding Western South Dakota Prairie Streams

This document provides information and guidance for landowners and land managers in western South Dakota who are managing small intermittent streams.

Upcoming Events

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Apr 04

Garden Hour Webinar

SDSU Extension's Garden Hour will return as a limited series during the fall and winter months.

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Apr 04

Sustaining the Legacy @ Mitchell

Join SDSU Extension and industry professionals for a three-day estate planning and farm succession conference on April 4, 11 and 18, 2023 at Highland Conference Center (2000 Highland Way, Mitchell, SD, 57301).

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Apr 06

Private Applicator Training - April

SDSU Extension will host a free private applicator training on April 6, 2023, online and at various locations throughout South Dakota.

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Apr 18

Landowner Prescribed Fire Workshops - April @ Brandon

SDSU Extension, in partnership with the South Dakota Grassland Coalition, USDA NRCS and others, will host a two-day prescribed fire workshop tailored to private landowners April 18-19 in Brandon.