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Many South Dakotans are dealing with flood issues following recent blizzards and record-breaking rain.

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herd of cattle in a muddy feedlot with serious flooding. FEMA News Photo

Digging Out of the Mess of an Ugly Winter

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.

small group of cattle and a young calf being moved away from a flooded area. FEMA News Photo

Managing Cow/Calf Pairs With Excess Spring Moisture

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.

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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.

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Rotational Grazing Benefits: South Dakota Producer Perceptions

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.

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Targeted Feeding for Heifer Development

Heifer development starts with proper whole-herd nutrition year round. Reviewing the basics of heifer development starting with post-weaning selection and development is a good place to start.

black angus cattle grazzing in pasture

South Dakota Grazing Management Practices: Current & Future

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.

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Cows Eat Weeds

By utilizing grazing as a means of cultural control, producers have the potential to decrease input expenses while reaping the benefits of inexpensive weed control through animal nutrition.

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Sorghum Trial Results

In 2018, sorghum trials were conducted in 3 locations in South Dakota.

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.

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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