Many South Dakotans are dealing with flood issues following recent blizzards and record-breaking rain.
As snow melts, livestock producers will deal with mud at a minimum and extensive flooding as a worst-case scenario. While we can’t control the pace of melting or the possibility of more precipitation, we may be able to take a few steps to mitigate the negative impacts.
Recent flooding has wreaked havoc on livestock producers in Southeastern S.D., while blizzard conditions and feet of snow are still creating challenges for producers in the North and Western sides of the state.
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.
To better understand producer perceptions on rotational grazing, we sent out 1,500 surveys to South Dakota ranchers inquiring about adoption status and perceptions of rotational grazing.
Grazing land occupies 54% of rural land and accounts for a key portion of land use in South Dakota. Many grassland problems can be avoided by using efficient grazing management practices.
We are beginning to enter the last 3 months of gestation for the majority of spring-calving cows in South Dakota.