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Three, four-wheel drive John Deere tractors, pushing up chopped corn silage into a drive over pile on a dairy farm.

Moisture is Critical When Harvesting Silage During a Wet Year

October 09, 2019

With many flooded and saturated fields in South Dakota this fall, harvesting silage before corn dries past desired moisture levels or frost occurs may be a challenge for some producers.

Three, four-wheel drive John Deere tractors, pushing up chopped corn silage into a drive over pile on a dairy farm.

Maximizing Silage Value

October 09, 2019

Significant losses happen every year in silage bunkers and piles across the United States.

A hand examining a wheat plant in a wheat field

USDA to Collect Information on Small Grain Production in South Dakota

September 20, 2019

South Dakota will be one of 32 states taking part in a small grains survey conducted by the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) of the United States Department of Agriculture this fall.

A tall, grassy, warm-season cover crop blend grown in Central South Dakota.

Dakota Lakes Research Farm Fall Field Day to be Held Sept. 18

September 13, 2019

South Dakota State University’s Dakota Lakes Research Farm will host a fall field day on Sept. 18 at 10 a.m. CDT. The farm is located at 21310 308th Ave., Pierre, S.D. 57501, and is approximately 17 miles east of Pierre on Hwy 34.

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SDSU Extension Booths at 2019 South Dakota State Fair

August 26, 2019

SDSU Extension experts will be on site at the 2019 South Dakota State Fair in Huron on Aug. 29 – Sept. 2 to answer questions, share resources and present on a variety of topics.

Sun rising over a vast spring landscape with green corn emerging from the soil.

Ag Economic Dialogues Scheduled

August 15, 2019

SDSU Extension will focus on production and marketing decisions at the August and September Ag Economic Dialogues.

Farmer sitting inside the cab of a green tractor parked inside a machine shed.

SDSU Extension Dakotafest 2019 Forums Feature Crop Outlook, Weather Outlook & Ash Borer Update

August 12, 2019

SDSU Extension staff will be hosting several forums during Dakotafest 2019 held August 20-22 on the Schlaffman Farm near Mitchell, S.D., (2300 E Spruce Street) inside booth #600.

A green cover crop mixture grows on a calm day; mainly consisting of oats and peas.

Buying or Selling Oats for a Cover Crop?

July 11, 2019

As a challenging row crop planting season finally wraps up for 2019 in South Dakota, many producers are looking to plant cover crops on unplanted acres to provide forage, control weeds, reduce erosion and improve soil health. One popular cool-season grass cover crop is oats. Most oats in South Dakota are grown as certified varieties and it is important to be aware of the legal ramifications behind purchasing oat seed for use as a cover crop.

healthy rangeland with a diverse variety of grasses and plants throughout

SDSU Extension Hosts 2019 Forage Field Day in Beresford August 7

August 09, 2019

August 7, 2019 SDSU Extension will host a Forage Field Day for livestock producers, agronomists and industry clientele interested in producing and storing high quality forages.

group of farmers, ranchers, and community members at a meeting. Courtesy: Gary Potts, USDA

2019 Growing Season Challenges Addressed by SDSU Extension Staff During Faulkton & Aberdeen Open-Houses

June 19, 2019

SDSU Extension is hosting open house meetings in Faulkton and Aberdeen June 21, 2019 to address the current state of farming.

A field of green winter wheat.

SDSU Extension Hosts Crop Performance Tours for Wheat, Oats & Field Peas

June 13, 2019

SDSU Extension will host summer tours of winter and spring wheat, oat and field pea crop performance trials across central & western South Dakota in June and early July. SDSU plant breeders, field staff and SDSU Extension staff will be available at all locations to answer questions and look at samples.

group of farmers, ranchers, and community members at a meeting. Courtesy: Gary Potts, USDA

Bring Your Agronomy Questions for SDSU Extension Staff to Answer During Open House Near You

June 18, 2019

SDSU Extension is hosting open house agronomy meetings in eight South Dakota locations, to address the current state of farming due to excessive moisture.

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Is Herbicide Carryover a Concern in Wet Weather

September 12, 2019

For many South Dakota farmers, wet conditions have forced the need to change planting plans. In some cases, crops are being planted in areas that were not planned for that crop this year. One factor in the moving of crops that should not be overlooked is carryover, explained Paul Johnson, SDSU Extension Weed Science Coordinator.

A corn field in South Dakota looking very wet due to flooding from spring rains and melted snow.

Cover Crop Considerations for Planting Season 2019

June 03, 2019

Cover crops may be good options for South Dakota growers unable to plant due to high waters and saturated soils.

A grass forage blend grows in a central SD field as Red cattle graze.

Alternative Forages to Consider this Spring

June 03, 2019

With the excessively wet planting conditions across much of South Dakota, many producers are looking for other options to meet forage needs for their livestock, or commodities that can be marketed to livestock producers.