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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.

Harvesting Silage on a Wet Year: Moisture is Critical

Fall is on its way in South Dakota. However, with many flooded and saturated fields, some producers are growing concerned that there will be little opportunity to harvest silage before corn dries down past desired moisture levels or frost occurs.

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4-H Youth Photo Exhibits Featured in 2019 South Dakota 4-H Calendar

December 18, 2018

Photos taken by 44 South Dakota youth ages 8 to 18, will be featured in the barn-themed, 2019 South Dakota 4-H Calendar.

male 4-H youth showing a black beef cow

South Dakota Youth to Celebrate National 4-H Week October 6-12

October 04, 2019

BROOKINGS, S.D. - The anticipation is building for National 4-H Week, during which millions of youth, parents, volunteers and alumni across the country will be celebrating everything 4-H.

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.

six men in a pasture analyzing the types of grasses.

Range Workshops Held at Rosebud and Kyle this Summer

September 26, 2019

Youth and adults of the Sicangu Oyate (Rosebud Sioux Tribe) and the Oglala Lakota Nation participated in range workshops this summer put on by SDSU Extension, the Natural Resources Conservation Service and partners.

Emily Rolfes

Emily Rolfes Places Third in National 4-H STEM Competition

December 17, 2018

Emily Rolfes, 18, of Vermillion recently placed third in the National 4-H STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) competition, Technology Changemaker Competition.

High-moisture corn being stored in a bunker for use as cattle feed.

Harvesting High-Moisture Corn and Earlage

Producers who raise both corn and cattle have the option of harvesting some or all of their corn acres as a high-moisture grain crop to be marketed through cattle. There are several advantages to harvesting corn earlier at a high-moisture content.

A group of brown cattle foraging in a green field.

Prussic Acid Poisoning

As the first frost date approaches, producers often have concerns about the risk of prussic acid poisoning in livestock. Certain forage plants, especially sorghums and related species are associated with an increased risk of death loss because of prussic acid poisoning.

A herd of sheep foraging on leafy spurge in a grassland.

Multi-Species Grazing as an Alternative to Pasture Spraying

Broadacre spraying of pastures is intended to reduce undesirable plants and increase grasses for livestock. This practice often results in unintended consequences, including damage and reduction of native forbs and reduced profitability. One approach to managing perceived “weedy” plants is incorporating different species of livestock into a grazing operation.

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Teens Master Life’s Circus at Teen Leadership Conference

October 02, 2019

The SDSU Extension 4-H Youth Development program held the annual Teen Leadership Conference on June 3-7 in Brookings. The conference theme was “Mastering Life’s Circus.”