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The 5 R’s of Precision Agriculture

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Courtesy: U.S. Department of Agriculture

Precision agriculture is a management strategy that uses cutting-edge technologies and tools to gather, process and analyze information to enhance farm assessment and provide optimized agricultural input applications, considering crop and soil needs for improving productivity. Precision agriculture technologies are intended to help farmers make more efficient use of crop inputs by following the so-called 5 R’s of Precision agriculture. 

Learn about the 5 R's

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Upcoming Events

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Dec 02

Managing Soil: Maximizing Profit Conference and Southeast Research Farm Annual Meeting

SDSU Extension will host Managing Soil: Maximizing Profit Conference and the Southeast Research Farm Annual Meeting, Dec. 2, from 9:00 a.m. - 3:15 p.m. at the NFAA Easton Yankton Archery Complex Community Center (800 Archery Lane, Yankton, SD).

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Dec 06

Garden Hour Webinar

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

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Dec 07

Environmental Training for CAFOs - December

SDSU Extension will host an environmental training session for operators of Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) on December 7 at the Crossroads Convention Center in Huron (100 Fourth St. S.W. in Huron, 57350).

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Dec 07

Sustaining the Legacy @ Rapid City

Join SDSU Extension and industry professionals for a three-day estate planning and farm succession conference on December 7, 14 and 21 at Best Western Ramkota (2111 North LaCrosse Street, Rapid City, SD, 57701).