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Tick that is dark brown to black in color with a reddish-orange abdomen.

Protecting Yourself From Ticks

During wet springs, tick populations tend to thrive in South Dakota. These parasitic arthropods require blood to fulfill their nutritional needs and commonly use humans as a host. Some ticks can also carry bacterial diseases that are a threat to human health.

a yellow dandelion flower growing in a garden

Dandelion Season SDSU Extension Has Some Tips to Help with Control

May 07, 2019

Throughout the state, dandelions are running a couple of weeks behind normal, but they are starting to show. If herbicide wasn’t applied last fall, there are still a few things South Dakotans can do to control the yellow-flowered weed said Paul Johnson, SDSU Extension Weed Science Coordinator.

Garden & Yard Issues, Lawn, Flower, Plant

a yellow dandelion flower growing in a garden

Dandelion Season

The yellow flowers of spring are coming. Spring dandelion treatments are not as effective as fall, but they can be used to stop the yellow flowers from producing viable seed.

Map of United States with green areas favored to be wetter than average and tan areas favored to be drier than average.

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

a photo of emerald ash borer larva

Emerald Ash Borer Homeowner and Commercial Workshops

April 15, 2019

SDSU Extension, the City of Sioux Falls, South Dakota Department of Agriculture and the South Dakota Arborist Association have teamed up to provide homeowners and commercial applicators with Emerald Ash Borer information. The workshops will be led by City of Sioux Falls' employees Duane Stall, Forestry Supervisor, Bryan Peterson, Urban Forestry Specialist, Bret Winterfeld, GIS Specialist and John Ball, SDSU Extension Forestry Specialist & South Dakota Department of Agriculture Forest Health Specialist.

Trees, Garden & Yard Issues

Black hairy caterpillar with a dark brown band in the middle of its body. The caterpillar is crawling on grey cement with visible pebbles present in the substrate.

Are those woolly bear caterpillars I see crawling?

Anyone that spent the weekend outdoors may have observed flies, wasps, bees, and others flying around for the first time this year. One of these insects is a familiar one, the woolly bear caterpillar.

Magnified image of a springtail that is hairy and dark blue in color.

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.

road closed sign in front of a flooded road

Floods Continue With a Wet Outlook

As April unfolds, major flooding continues along the Eastern rivers. The James River is at crest in Brown county the first week of April and will slowly recede while maintaining flood level for much of April.