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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.

Forage, Crop Management, Soil Fertility, Oats, Corn, Sorghum, Cover Crops

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State 4-H Ambassador Shares Experience & Knowledge During Companion Animal Workshop

June 03, 2019

When South Dakota 4-H launched the Companion Animal project area in 2017, Hailie Stuck was eager to participate. Two years later, the State 4-H Ambassador from Brentford encourages younger members to participate by leading informational, Companion Animal workshops.

Youth Leadership

Group of red and black cattle eating silage from a feed bunk.

Late Planted Corn and Cattle Feeding

June 03, 2019

With the challenges of getting crops planted this year, many farmers are likely weighing their options and re-considering their planting intentions. For producers who can market feedstuffs through livestock (particularly cattle), it may be premature to completely abandon corn simply due to calendar dates, explained Warren Rusche, SDSU Extension Beef Feedlot Management Associate.

Corn, Beef Cattle, Crop Management, Markets/Prices

Participants walking  in one of the Physical Activity Evidence-Based programs offered through SDSU Extension

SDSU Extension Awarded Two 2019 Administration for Community Living Grants

May 23, 2019

SDSU Extension recently received two 2019 Administration for Community Living Grants, to fund two unique programs focused on preventing falls and chronic disease self-management.
“By listening to the needs of South Dakotans and the communities who serve them, our team understands how we can implement research-based and proven programming to address their needs and benefit citizens across the state,” said Suzanne Stluka, SDSU Extension Food & Families Program Director.

Health, Developing Communities, Better Choices, Better Health©, Older Adults

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SDSU Extension Hosts Free Family Caregiving Lunch and Learn Webinar June 12, 2019

July 26, 2019

Gerontologists from SDSU Extension and North Dakota State University Extension are partnering to host a free webinar June 12, 2019. The webinar begins at 11 a.m. MDT/Noon CDT.

Older Adults

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SD Mesonet, SD Wheat partner to Bring Weather Station to West River Research Farm, Sturgis

May 22, 2019

The South Dakota Mesonet has installed a new weather station at the West River Research Farm near Sturgis with the support of the South Dakota Wheat Commission.

Beef Cattle, Sheep, Corn, Soybean, Wheat, Cover Crops, Forage, Field Pea, Flax, Oats, Oilseed, Pulse Crops, Sorghum, Sunflower, Dairy Cattle, Dairy Goats, Goats, Horse, Poultry, Rabbit, Swine, Pasture, Range, Grassland, Soil Health, Wildlife, Developing Communities

healthy rangeland with a diverse variety of grasses and plants throughout

2019 S.D. Rangeland/Soils Days Give South Dakota Youth Opportunity to Learn about Natural Resources

May 21, 2019

The 36th annual South Dakota Rangeland Days and 15th annual Soils Days will be held June 18 & 19, 2019 in Redfield, South Dakota.

Beef Cattle, Sheep, Pasture, Range, Conservation, Grassland, Soil Health

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Wessington Springs 4-H are National Range Judging Champions

May 21, 2019

The Wessington Springs 4-H Range Judging Team were named national champions during the National 4-H Range Judging Competition held in Oklahoma City May 1-3, 2019.

Beef Cattle, Sheep, Range, Pasture, Conservation, Grassland

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June 2019 Climate Outlook Not What Farmers Hoped For

May 20, 2019

Spring weather is trying the patience of many South Dakota farmers as wet and cool conditions create planting delays across the state

A healthy, growing soybean field. Farmyard in the background.

Soybean Growers Sought for On-Farm Research Program

May 15, 2019

SDSU Extension and the South Dakota Soybean Research and Promotion Council are seeking South Dakota soybean growers to participate in a farmer-led On-Farm Research Program.

Soybean, Plant, Crop Management, Crop Treatments, Soil Fertility

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SDSU Extension Volunteer, Jackie Rhode and Food & Families Capstone Recognized with National Awards

May 13, 2019

SDSU Extension volunteer, Jackie Rhode, Fort Thompson, and the SDSU Extension Food & Families Capstone were recognized for advancing health education and outreach with national awards during the National Health Outreach Conference held early May in Fort Worth, Texas.

Health

Sun rising over a country road.

Resources, Tools & Support Provided During SDSU Extension Farm Stress Workshops

May 10, 2019

Over time, the impacts of low markets and extreme weather can take a toll on South Dakota’s farmers, ranchers and those who care about them.

Farm Stress

Stacks of coins getting gradually larger.

Your Money, Your Goals Program to Be Held at the Watertown Regional Library

May 10, 2019

Designed to help consumers meet their financial goal by increasing their knowledge, skills and resources, SDSU Extension is hosting Your Money, Your Goals June 12, 2019 at the Watertown Regional Library, Community Room (160 6th St. NE). The program is offered at no cost and will run from 6 – 7:30 p.m. All are welcome to attend.

Family Finances, Health, Older Adults

Annie's Project Empowering Women in Agriculture

SDSU Extension Annie’s Project for Women in Agriculture Begins June 3 in Clark

May 10, 2019

If you’re a woman involved in the agriculture industry, then SDSU Extension Annie’s Project may be the program for you. The program will be held in Clark beginning June 3, 2019.

Annie's Project, Corn, Soybean, Wheat

a yellow dandelion flower growing in a garden

Dandelion Season SDSU Extension Has Some Tips to Help with Control

May 07, 2019

Throughout the state, dandelions are running a couple of weeks behind normal, but they are starting to show. If herbicide wasn’t applied last fall, there are still a few things South Dakotans can do to control the yellow-flowered weed said Paul Johnson, SDSU Extension Weed Science Coordinator.

Garden & Yard Issues, Lawn, Flower, Plant