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Jan 17

2019 No-Till @ Wall

SDSU Extension will host a no-till meeting on Jan 17, 2019 at 9:30 AM MST at the Wall Community Center, Grand Hall (501 Main St., Wall, SD 57790).

Corn, Wheat, Crop Management, Conservation, Soil Health

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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.


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.

Conservation, Grassland, Soil Health, Wildlife

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SDSU Seeks Farmers & Ranchers to Participate in the Soil Resiliency and Crop Insurance Project

December 19, 2018

Researchers with the South Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station at SDSU are working with SDSU Extension, faculty and staff on a study to help determine the long-term economic benefits of conservation practices, such as no-till, cover crops and diverse crop rotation, to South Dakota's agriculture producers and citizens in general.

Soil Health, Cover Crops, Crop Management, Conservation

A country road with noticable salt build-up.

Road Salt & Water Quality: Growing Concern in Some Northern States

December 28, 2018

While road salt throughout the winter months is seen by most as a necessity in our part of the country, it can come at a cost, said David Kringen, SDSU Extension Water Resources Field Specialist.


A red tractor and seed drill planting in a no-till field.

Project to Study Soil Health Economics in South Dakota

Soil degradation has become one of the most pressing global issues, because of its adverse effects on world food security, environment and quality of life.

Soil Health, Conservation, Crop Management, Cover Crops, Economics

A green front-end-loader pulling a hay mower with a flushing bar.

Haying With Wildlife in Mind

Anyone who has spent time cutting hay knows that hayland can be a magnet for wildlife in late spring and early summer. Hay fields are often considered an “ecological trap” for wildlife; that is, they appear to be high quality habitat for nesting or feeding due to tall, dense grass and legumes, but often lead to increased mortality once harvesting is under way.

Forage, Pasture, Wildlife, Beef Cattle, Conservation

A group of white tail deer in a snowy clearing.

Give the Gift of Conservation This Christmas

The SDSU Natural Resources Management Department and SDSU Extension would like to wish all our readers a Merry Christmas and remind everyone that if you are shopping for a late holiday gift, consider giving the gift of conservation to yourself or someone else.

Conservation, Wildlife, Grassland

A hand displaying a welded pipe system joint.

Welded Connections and Shallow Bury Pasture Pipe Offers Alternative to Above Ground Systems

Above ground systems offer a great amount of flexibility in delivering water and options for changing pasture designs over time or space. They have also become increasingly popular with the advances in solar water and fence technology along with an increasing number of producers preferring to rotate livestock more often.

Conservation, Pasture

A swift fox with her young sitting in a grassy patch of rangeland.

Swift Fox Status on South Dakota’s Grasslands

The swift fox (Vulpes velox) is a small fox native to the short and mixed-grass prairies of the Great Plains. In 2014, I began my master’s research at South Dakota State University monitoring the population of swift foxes around Badlands National Park in southwestern South Dakota. This population has recently declined, possibly due to various biotic and abiotic factors.

Wildlife, Conservation, Grassland