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February 2018 Climate Map

Cold, Wet Climate Outlook for Early Spring 2018

December 18, 2018

Colder and wetter than average conditions are possible across northern South Dakota, according to the January 18, 2018 National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Climate Prediction Center Seasonal Outlook.

March 2018 Climate Map

Climate Outlook Shows Cold Conclusion to Winter 2018

December 18, 2018

Colder than average temperatures are likely to carry through March 2018, according to the latest National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Climate Outlook released today, Feb. 15, 2018.

hand examining clump of soil organic matter

Managing Soil: Maximizing Profit Workshop to be Held Dec. 3 in Colton

November 19, 2019

SDSU Extension will host the “Managing Soil: Maximizing Profit” workshop in Colton on Dec. 3.

a tractor in a field spraying soybeans

SDSU Extension to Host Winter Agronomy Meetings and Private Pesticide Applicator Trainings in Southeast South Dakota

January 03, 2020

SDSU Extension will host winter agronomy meetings in Mitchell, Sioux Falls and Yankton in January 2020.

A producer loading a planter with fungicide-treated soybean seeds.

Pre-Plant Disease Management Considerations

If the forecast holds true, it looks like it is going to be another year of excessive soil moisture and possible flooding come this spring. The increased level of soil moisture has implications with regards to plant stand establishment as well as root rot and nematode infestations.

June 2018 Climate Map

Summer Season Kicks Off with Warmer Weather

December 18, 2018

After a near-record cold April, May 2018 is off to a warmer than average start across much of South Dakota.

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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.

2018 Precipitation outlook map

Uncertainty for Summer Climate Outlook

December 18, 2018

The National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) climate outlook for July through September, released June 21, 2018, shows a lot of uncertainty for the remainder of the growing season, explained Laura Edwards, SDSU Extension State Climatologist.

A color-coded precipitation probability map of the United States. The majority of South Dakota is predicted to have wetter than average precipitation, with the highest likelihood being in the southwest corner of the state. For a complete description, call SDSU Extension at 605-688-6729.

May 2020 Climate Outlook

On April 16, NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center released their climate outlook for May and the coming three-month period of May through July. There is a lot of uncertainty in the temperature outlook for the next one-to-three months in the Northern Plains Region.

A map of South Dakota illustrating soil temperatures on April 21, 2020. Temperatures throughout the state range from 41 to 56 degrees Fahrenheit. For more information, visit: https://climate.sdstate.edu/archive/maps/

Soil Temperature for Planting Spring Crops

Soil temperature is an important consideration for deciding when to begin planting spring crops. If producers in South Dakota would like a quick reference for soil temperatures in their area, the SD Mesonet network measures soil temperature at several weather stations throughout the state.