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

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Inundaciones: sugerencias útiles

La primavera en el Medio Oeste siempre trae el riesgo de inundaciones, sea por la nieve que se derrite o por lluvia en exceso.

Sand Bagged home in surrounded by flood water. FEMA News Photo

Managing Flooding Around Home Structures

As South Dakota and our surrounding neighbors begin to deal with the consequences of spring snowmelt and the dramatic flash flooding that came about from the region’s most recent winter storm, we can only hope that conditions begin to improve quickly.

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Organic Herbicides

Many gardeners across the state of South Dakota desire to have weed-free gardens, yards and flowerbeds. Many homeowners do not want to use inorganic herbicides due to their potential health effects.

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Problems & Solutions

Throughout the growing season, our team of experts bring you research-based solutions and best management practices to garden and yard challenges. Not finding what you need? Use the Ask An Expert tool to submit your question.

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Lakota Homes Garden Produces Fresh Vegetables & Grows Community

December 18, 2018

This year Katherine Montague's garden didn't produce much. "The radishes didn't like the heat and the watermelons didn't like the soil," Montague explains. But, that didn't keep the 57-year-old Lakota Homes resident from eating fresh vegetables.

Community Garden, Garden & Yard Issues, Fruit, Vegetable

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West Nile in South Dakota: Expect Cases Into Early Fall

While it’s true that in South Dakota most West Nile Virus cases occur during August, new human infections are detected well into September in most years.

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Dandelion Season is Nearly Here

December 18, 2018

Although current weather conditions have detained them, the yellow flowers of spring are beginning to emerge.

Garden & Yard Issues, Lawn

Tomato spotted wilt virus symptoms

Tomato Spotted Wilt Virus

Tomato Spotted Wilt Virus can be a problem in both field and greenhouse situations, and most frequently its effects in South Dakota are observed on tomatoes and peppers.

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Fall Yard and Garden Cleanup

Before the snow falls, a few tasks can help make for a healthier yard and garden next year.

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Root Weevils & Imported Longhorned Weevils Finding Their Way Inside

We have been receiving reports of small, black insects that are observed crawling up bathroom walls, hanging out in basements, or otherwise finding their way inside.