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Extreme Heat

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When South Dakotans experience extreme heat and humidity levels, SDSU Extension has resources available to help prevent heat stress among livestock, plants and humans. Additionally, SDSU Extension has partnered with South Dakota Mesonet to provide producers with a Livestock Stress Tool that supplies real-time and forecasted measures of environmental risks to livestock.

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Protecting Plants From Heat Stress

When summer temperatures soar with no sign of a break, it is hard on humans and plants. Learn some tips that will help protect plants from heat stress, including soil protection, watering considerations and providing shade.

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Nursery Pig Management

Piglet transitions from the farrowing room to the nursery or wean-to-finish barn are important foundational steps towards producing full-market value finisher pigs.

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Expanded Meat and Poultry Processing Resources Available to S.D. Livestock Producers and Meat Processors

The USDA's commitment to creating a more-resilient, diverse and equitable meat and poultry processing system is making new opportunities for rancher-owned enterprises, worker-owned housing and other cooperative initiatives.

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Heat Exhaustion & Heat Stroke: Protecting Your Operation

During periods of extreme heat, operations must take additional steps to protect their employees from heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

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Heat Stress Forecasting Apps Available

Early summer heat stress in feedlot cattle is often triggered by rapid changes in temperature and humidity before cattle become acclimated to warmer conditions. Learn about some management tools that you can use to protect your herd.

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The Trophic State Index

The Trophic State Index is a means for lake professionals and volunteers alike to numerically measure the productivity of a natural lake or man-made reservoir. Learn how it's used in South Dakota to survey the condition of our water resources.

Featured Programs

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South Dakota State 4-H Ambassador Program

Curious what it takes to become a South Dakota State 4-H Ambassador?

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Small Business Basics

The Small Business Basics program covers an extensive list of topics, including writing or updating business plans, tax and licensing, employee relations, pricing and marketing, customer service, social media, and aspects of financing.

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Master Food Preserver Volunteer Program

If you enjoy preserving food, volunteering and helping your community, SDSU Extension's Master Food Preserver volunteer program may be for you!

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.

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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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Aug 02

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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Aug 09

2022 Leopold Conservation Award Winner Tour

Join the Sand County Foundation, The South Dakota Grasslands Coailtion, The South Dakota Cattlemen's Association and all the Leopold Conservation Award Sponsors to honor the 2022 award recipients, Neil and Murial Bien and family.

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Aug 10

SDSU/USDA FSIS Food Safety Summit

SDSU Extension in conjunction with the Des Moines office of USDA FSIS will host a food safety summit on August 10 at 8:30 a.m. CST at the SDSU Animal Science Complex, room 126 (1097 N. Campus Dr. Brookings, SD 57007) for all who are involved in the meat and poultry industry.

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Aug 16

Dakotafest

SDSU Extension will host daily forums and ice cream socials during Dakotafest 2022 held August 16-18 on the Schlaffman Farm (2300 E Spruce Street, Mitchell, SD) inside booth #216.