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A heard of cattle grazing in a snowy pasture.

Are Your Cows Ready for the Last Trimester of Pregnancy?

We are beginning to enter the last 3 months of gestation for the majority of spring-calving cows in South Dakota.

Beef Cattle, Forage, Animal Health, Range

aerial view of South Dakota farm and surrounding land

Pest & Crop Newsletter

SDSU Extension publishes the South Dakota Pest & Crop Newsletter to provide growers, producers, crop consultants, and others involved in crop production with timely news pertinent to management of pests, diseases, and weeds in South Dakota.

Corn, Cover Crops, Forage, Field Pea, Flax, Oats, Oilseed, Pulse Crops, Sorghum, Soybean, Sunflower, Wheat, Crop Management

a tractor in a field spraying soybeans
Jan 08

2019 Private Applicator Certification

SDSU Extension will host Private Applicator training sessions at various locations across South Dakota.

Chemical Safety, Cover Crops, Crop Treatments, Crop Management, Corn, Forage, Field Pea, Flax, Oats, Oilseed, Pulse Crops, Sorghum, Soybean, Sunflower, Wheat

Cattle eating feed in a feedlot.

Monitoring Nutrient Status of Beef Cows

Managing cows through the winter provides different challenges compared to managing those same cows during the growing season. With snow cover, cows should oftentimes receive supplemental feed to meet nutrient requirements during late gestation and into calving season due to low forage or limited quantity.

Beef Cattle, Animal Health, Forage

Sunny field with large puffy clouds and blue sky

2019 South Dakota Pest Management Guides

The South Dakota 2019 Pest Management guides are now available for free. The guides offer recommendations for controlling weeds, insects, and diseases in a variety of South Dakota crops.

Oilseed, Corn, Wheat, Soybean, Sunflower, Crop Management, Crop Treatments, Forage

Sun rising over a ranch during winter.

New Year Resolutions for Cow/Calf Operations

Happy New Year! Now is a good time to evaluate the year past and make new resolutions and goals for 2019. This usually begins by finding records from the last 12 months, whether that’s in the Red Book or on a scratch pad in the tractor.

Beef Cattle, Animal Health, Forage

A small herd of black angus cattle eating forage.

Clearing up Confusion on Protein and Energy Supplements

Differentiating between protein and energy supplements is key to developing an effective cattle supplementation program, but it can be very confusing. With the multitude of feed options available, understanding types of feeds and nutrient requirements will help ensure cattle perform optimally.

Beef Cattle, Animal Health, Forage

Feeding hay to cattle in deep snow conditions.

Winter Mineral Nutrition

Winter supplementation often focuses heavily on meeting cow protein and energy requirements and tends to leave mineral nutrition as almost an afterthought. In reality, meeting all nutrient requirements, including energy, protein, minerals, vitamins, and water are equally important.

Beef Cattle, Forage, Animal Health

Cattle using a fabricated windbreak in north western South Dakota.

Don’t Discount the Need for Vitamin A & E in Beef Cows This Winter

Calves born during last year’s calving season faced health challenges brought on by a variety of factors. One of those factors was the relative poor quality of forages available for cows in late gestation. Drought conditions during the previous growing season meant that forages were relatively low in essential nutrients, such as Vitamin A and Vitamin E.

Beef Cattle, Animal Health, Forage


Cover Crops

The benefits of planting cover crops are numerous. 

Wheat, Sorghum, Cover Crops, Field Pea, Soybean, Forage, Oats