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SDSU Extension

May Storm Damage

On Friday, May 13, Gov. Kristi Noem issued a State of Emergency and ordered state personnel and resources to communities impacted by the damaging storms that occurred Thursday, May 12, in eastern South Dakota. Our team has pulled together some resources to help those who were hit by the storms. We will continue to work with ag operations, communities and families throughout the recovery process.

Latest Recommendations

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Colostrum for Lambs

Fact sheet about the importance of colostrum for lambs

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Budget Adjustments When Inflation Impacts Prices

The prices of regularly purchased items have slowly increased over the past year due to inflation. When this happens, it is time to review your budget to make adjustments in spending.

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Beef Cattle Budgets

Beef Cattle Budgets can be used to estimate revenues and costs associated with six different beef cattle enterprises.

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2022 Summer Climate and Drought Outlook

On May 19, the NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center released their temperature and precipitation outlooks for June and the summer season ahead. See a full report of what to expect for the summer of 2022.

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The Power of Living Roots

Learn how living roots improve soil structure and can be used as a tool to fix marginal lands with salty soil conditions.

Beef Day - Update on Reproductive Research at SDSU

On today’s episode, cow/calf field specialist, Olivia Amundson sits down with Dr. Julie Walker and Dr. Saulo Zoca to discuss some of the current reproductive research that has been going on at SDSU.

Featured Programs

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Garden Hour

Join our experts to obtain timely information and ideas to get the most out of your garden and landscaping!

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Park Prescriptions

Through a collaborative partnership between the South Dakota Department of Health, South Dakota Game Fish & Parks and SDSU Extension, healthcare professionals are encouraged to sign up and prescribe exercise to their patients through the Park Prescription (Park Rx) program.

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Building Highly Effective Boards

Whether you are starting a new board or solidifying the roles and workings of an existing board, this program is a great way to get all members on the same page.

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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Beef: Best Management Practices for Cow-Calf Production

This comprehensive book provides producers with insight and education into the latest beef management, handling practices and technology.

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Fertilizer Recommendation Guide

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

Upcoming Events

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Jun 01

Cattle AI Refresher Course

SDSU Extension is hosting a cattle Artificial Insemination (AI) refresher course June 1, 2022.

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Jun 02

Landowner Prescribed Fire Workshops @ Astoria

SDSU Extension, in partnership with the South Dakota Grassland Coalition, the Natural Resources Conservation Service, and others will host a prescribed fire workshop tailored to private landowners June 2-3 at the SDSU Oak Lake Field Station in Astoria.

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Jun 04

4-H State Outdoor Archery Tournament

SDSU Extension 4-H will host the 2022 4-H State Outdoor Archery Tournament at the NFAA Easton Yankton Archery Center on June 4-5.

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Jun 07

Diversifying with Small Ruminants

SDSU Extension, Kansas State University and the University of Nebraska will host three Diversifying with Small Ruminants workshops June 7-9.