Skip to main content
Frosted hay bale in winter pasture.

Agriculture

South Dakota's #1 Industry

The annual economic impact of one beef cow is $1,700. In South Dakota, there are 3.7 million head of cattle, making this industry one of the pillars of South Dakota's economy. iGrow Beef gives you access to the information producers need to profit in today's industry.

Nearly one out of every three dollars generated by South Dakota agriculture starts in a corn field. Two of every three rows of corn become ethanol. It’s the most planted crop in South Dakota, and a strong partner in the production of livestock. Best management practices for corn production, developed at SDSU, are your window to enhanced profitability. During the growing season, iGrow gives you daily production recommendations to help you earn more money.

South Dakota is home to many unique land, water and wildlife resources. Our experts and partners offer research-based information through this community to help people enjoy, preserve and profit from these natural resources.

Learn More

Harvested cornfield in winter.

Crops

During the growing season, SDSU Extension provides weekly production recommendations.

Red angus cattle gathered in a feedlot in winter.

Livestock

South Dakota is home to a dynamic livestock industry.

Producers reviewing paperwork in a farm office.

AgBusiness

Modern agriculture requires savvy financial planning and strategy.

Farm employee inspecting a piece of heavy machinery.

Safety & Training

Covering the range from animal handling to equipment safety, including training and certification to keep producers and their workforce productive.

Ringneck pheasant nestled in winter rangeland.

Natural Resources & Conservation

South Dakota is home to many unique land, water and wildlife resources. Our experts and partners offer research-based information through to help people enjoy, preserve and profit from these natural resources.

Upcoming Events

Left: Soil from long-term no-till field, exhibiting good soil aggregation through clumping and smaller pieces of soil. Right: Soil from conventionally managed field that included tillage and crop residue removal. Notice the soil is lighter brown, indicating lower organic matter, and the pieces of soil are in larger chunks with no visible indication of clumping or structure.
Dec 09

Got Salinity? Virtual Discussion

SDSU Extension would like to invite the public to a virtual discussion about saline issues on December 9 at 10 a.m. CST.

Cover crops growing in a field of harvested corn.
Dec 10

South Dakota Soil and Water Conservation Society Annual Meeting

The SD Soil and Water Conservation Society will be hosting a free online conference on December 10 at 1 p.m. CST.

A pair of cows with their calves in a pasture with heavy snowfall.
Jan 07

BeefUP Calving Strategies for Market Advantages Webinar

Through management strategies that influence calving distribution, producers can affect those calves sold at the end of the year.

I-29 Moo University
Jan 12

Net Zero: If It’s Not Your Profitability, What Is It?

I-29 Moo University Virtual Winter Workshop in partnership with Midwest Dairy & State Dairy Associations