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Jun 19

Minnehaha Master Gardeners 2019 Annual Garden Tour

SDSU Extension and the Minnehaha Master Gardeners will be hosting an annual garden tour on June 19 starting at 2 PM CDT at various gardens located in or near Western Sioux Falls and Hartford.

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May 2019 Climate Outlook: April Showers Bring May Showers?

The precipitation outlook for May does not show much promise of relief from moisture, as wetter than average conditions are slightly more favored than drier conditions. In addition, cooler than average temperatures are more likely for the first half of May and could continue for much of the month.

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Celebrate David Graper’s Contributions to South Dakota Horticulture & Master Gardeners April 26, 2019

April 18, 2019

For nearly 30 years, David Graper, SDSU Extension Horticulture Specialist & Extension Master Gardener Program Coordinator, has shared his horticulture knowledge and enthusiasm with South Dakotans.

Community Garden, Master Gardener, Flower, Garden soil, Garden & Yard Issues, Lawn, Plant, Shrub

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What are those black bugs jumping on the snow?

One of the first critters you may notice in early spring or even late winter are snow fleas. These tiny arthropods can be an odd sight when they appear by the hundreds on top of snow drifts that are melting on warm, sunny days.

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SDSU Extension Releases 2019 Fertilizer Recommendations Guide

April 08, 2019

SDSU Extension recently released the online Fertilizer Recommendations Guide, available at extension.sdstate.edu/fertilizer-recommendation-guide.

Soil Fertility, Cover Crops, Pulse Crops, Corn, Wheat, Soybean, Sorghum, Sunflower, Field Pea, Oats, Flax, Grassland, Forage, Lawn, Garden soil

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Flooded Gardens

Soil from gardens that were recently flooded may not be safe for growing fruit and vegetables this summer. Depending on the location, flood waters may contain contaminants or disease-causing organisms.

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Fertilizing Gardens in South Dakota

Publication about fertilizing gardens in South Dakota

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Soil Testing for Vineyards in South Dakota

Not all soils are conducive to growing quality grapes, so prospective vineyard sites should be tested before a decision is made to plant grapes. Tests can identify soils that are either too high in pH, salts, or salinity, or that are “too rich” (too high in organic matter and nitrogen) for grapes. In addition, testing before planting allows for the incorporation of nutrients—such as phosphorus—that do not move easily through the soil to plant roots.

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Soil Testing Labs

This page contains a list of nearby state or private laboratories that can be used for crop production fields, gardens and lawns.

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Spring Annual Weeds

There are a number of weeds that pop up very early in the spring and even start flowering before most other plants have shown any signs of growth.