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Rosebud Water Resources Office Enlists Mesonet at SDState to Monitor Weather and Water Cycle

December 18, 2018

The Rosebud Sioux Tribe Water Resources Office has partnered with the Mesonet at SDState, South Dakota State University's statewide weather network to install a new weather station near Rosebud.

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Water Conservation and Efficiency During Times of Drought

As drought conditions continue to expand across the state this year, more thought is given towards South Dakota’s limited water resources. We live in a state where weather conditions and rain patterns seem to comfortably exist at the extremes; we either have way too much or nearly not enough. While this isn’t always the case, it is important to keep in mind that our water resources are finite and all of us should be thinking about doing what we can to protect them.

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Getting Ready for Winter on the Range

A mild fall has been a blessing for many ranchers across South Dakota. As the first day of winter looms around the corner, a ranch manager must try to adhere to some rangeland management principals when managing pastures this winter.

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Considerations for Winter Bison Management

South Dakota is well known for its strong livestock industries. Cattle, sheep, poultry, hogs and horses are common across the state, and three of these rely heavily on South Dakota’s grasslands. What surprises many South Dakotans is the strength of one of our other grass-based livestock industries.

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Growing Season 2019 is Focus of Ag Economic Dialogues Seminar & Webinar

February 14, 2019

SDSU Extension hosts Ag Economics Dialogue: Focus on Growing Season 2019 seminar at the SDSU Extension Regional Center in Sioux Falls (2001 E. Eighth St.) March 1, 2019 from 9 a.m. to noon (Central time zone). This seminar will also be available via webinar from 9 a.m. to noon (Central time zone). Seminar speakers will provide insight into weather and markets leading up to planting season.

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Natural Resources: The Ranch Foundation During Drought

Just as every factory needs a sturdy and healthy foundation to be sustainable, a ranch manager must keep a watchful eye on the natural resources of the ranch during drought.

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South Dakota Natural Resource Professionals Rangeland Workshop Held June 4-6, 2019 in Sturgis

April 30, 2019

Range professionals from SDSU Extension, the U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management and Natural Resources Conservation Service are hosting a three-day workshop June 4-6, 2019 at Lamphere Ranch Campground, east of Sturgis (13010 Lamphere Ranch Road, PO Box 445, Sturgis, SD 57785).

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Use the SD Spray Tool for Inversion Detection and Weather for Pesticide Application

The SD Mesonet Spray Tool provides real-time weather data for pesticide applicators. This dedicated website for pesticide applicators uses the SD Mesonet weather data, which is updated every five minutes.

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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