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You Can’t Manage What You Don’t Measure: Range Record Keeping

Range record keeping helps detect and demonstrate landscape changes that have a direct impact on your ability to maintain or grow your herd.

Storm debris in a pasture.

Dealing With Storm Debris in Pastures and Hay Fields

Storm debris in pastures and forage-producing fields can pose a significant health risks to livestock. Learns some expert tips for mitigating risks and protecting your animals.

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Crops

During the growing season, SDSU Extension provides weekly production recommendations.

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Forage

SDSU Extension works with forage producers, providing them with access to quick tests, research-based information, and best management practices to help maximize yields and nutritional quality of forages.

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Alfalfa Weevil Activity Prediction Update: May 18, 2022

At this point in the season, all alfalfa fields should be scouted weekly to ensure that large populations of alfalfa weevils do not cause excessive defoliation.

SDSU West River Research Farm land.
Jun 29

West River Field School

SDSU Extension will host the West River Field School Wednesday, June 29 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. MDT at the SDSU West River Research Farm near Sturgis, South Dakota.

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Cover Crops

The benefits of planting cover crops are numerous. 

Green beetle larvae with a white stripe running down its body.

Alfalfa Weevil Activity Prediction Update: May 12, 2022

The forecast for the next week will continue to be favorable for the development of alfalfa weevils. See our latest recommendations for staying ahead of them.

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Pink Lady Beetles: Beneficial Predators in Urban and Agricultural Landscapes

There are numerous insect species that are beneficial to the gardens and farms. In this article, we will highlight a common insect predator known as the pink lady beetle, or spotted lady beetle.

Green beetle larvae with a white stripe running down its body.

Alfalfa Weevil Activity Prediction Update: May 5, 2022

One of the insects we monitor for using degree day accumulation is the alfalfa weevil. With warmer temperatures in the upcoming forecast, the need to scout for alfalfa weevil activity will increase.