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Wildlife and the Bottom Line

As the fall harvest wraps up and this year’s calf crop is weaned, many producers may be nervous about what their paychecks will look like for 2016. In tough market conditions, it can be tempting to try to squeeze just a bit more production out of the land.

A vast, open rangeland with a few patches of weeds.

An identification guide to common Rangeland Insect Pests of South Dakota

The insects listed in this guide can be pests of rangeland in South Dakota. The best approach for preventing these pests from reaching damaging populations involves routine scouting.

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SDSU Extension Teams Up to Mitigate Harmful Algal Blooms Across the Midwest and Beyond

December 17, 2018

SDSU Extension staff and South Dakota State University faculty are currently serving on a regional team of professionals which are focused on mitigating Harmful Algal Blooms or HABs.

holding their book, SDSU Professors Dr. Charles Fenster, left and Dr. Michele Dudash

SDSU Professors Collaborate to Publish Conservation Biology Book

December 18, 2018

Experience from 30 years of work led two South Dakota State University professors to collaborate with other experts in conservation biology to publish a book titled, “Genetic Management of Fragmented Animal and Plant Populations.”

A team of professional firefighters

Great Plains Fire Tour Visits the Mid-Missouri River Prescribed Burn Association

December 18, 2018

A team of professional firefighters recently met with members of the Mid-Missouri River Prescribed Burn Association (MMRPBA), in Bonesteel as part of the Great Plains Fire Tour. The team included professional firefighters from various government agencies, non-profit organizations and international firefighting agencies.

Range

Doug checking a pasture with cattle.

Soil Health: The Foundation of Life

December 18, 2018

Walking through the fields he has spent more than 40 years caring for, Dan Forgey says it's not the crop he's walking through that captures his attention these days, but the soil he is walking on

Soil Health

A collage of four different plants featured in the SDGFP brood mix

Food Plot Program Provides Supplemental Pheasant Habitat

December 18, 2018

When considering land management options for upland bird habitat, a major limiting factor landowners often find is nesting cover.

Conservation

Two young men and a young woman sitting at a table working on a project together.

SDSU Extension Provides Professional Development Training To Promote Ag Sustainability in High School Classrooms

December 18, 2018

Sustainable agriculture was the focus of a training session, co-hosted by SDSU Extension and University of Nebraska-Lincoln for South Dakota high school vocational agriculture educators January 5, 2018 on the campus of South Dakota State University.

white-tailed buck standing in a clearing with snow on the ground

Natural Resources & Conservation

South Dakota is home to many unique land, water and wildlife resources. Our experts and partners offer research-based information through to help people enjoy, preserve and profit from these natural resources.

Group of rangeland soils day attendees in a field.

2018 SD Rangeland & Soils Days: Learn About South Dakota's Most Precious Natural Resources

December 18, 2018

South Dakota youth and adults are invited to participate in the 35th annual South Dakota Rangeland Days and 15th annual Soils Days which will be held June 26-27, 2018 in Redfield, South Dakota.

Beef Cattle, Sheep