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aerial view of the James River Valley

Every Acre Counts

production practices for greater profitability

South Dakota is the land of infinite variety, from our fertile croplands in the east, to our prairies in the central and west, to the granite outcroppings of the forested Black Hills. The primary focus for this project will be marginal lands impacted by wet conditions, saline or sodic soils, and eroded areas such as hilltops.

Millions of acres of cropland across South Dakota are impacted by these challenges, with over 7 million acres impacted by saline conditions alone. The financial burden of attempting to produce crops in these marginal areas can be devastating to a producer's bottom line. And, together, we want to change this.

— Barry H. Dunn, SDSU President

Area of Focus

This program is available to the entire state of South Dakota.

SDSU Extension will work with selected landowners and their crop and financial consultants to precisely quantify the technical metrics of their existing operations and generate an economic analysis report. That information will then be incorporated into a profit mapping software to pinpoint and quantify marginal acres. In addition, federal, state and local habitat and conservation programs will be used to leverage funding.


The goal of this project is to improve the farm profitability, diversity and ecosystem benefits of agriculture by using precision technologies to empower producers to help make informed management decisions for every acre of their operations.


We will provide information to producers that will increase their return on investment and enhance land management approaches that benefit the sustainability of land, water, and all natural resources.


  • Free profitability analysis.
  • Increased farm profitability.
  • Working lands flexibility.
  • Improved soil health.
  • Improved water quality.
  • Increased wildlife habitat.
  • $150 per acre over 5 years.
  • $50 per acre for seeding costs.
  • No commitments required.
  • Very flexible program.
  • Highest level of data confidentiality provided.

Let's Work Together

Submit information about your operation and we will contact you. If you have any additional questions or are interested in becoming a corporate partner, contact Anthony Bly or Matthew Diersen

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.