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Left: Black soil tarp on a research plot. Right: The same research plot uncovered, revealing little-to-no weed pressure.

Early Season Soil Tarping Impacts on Weed Pressure and Onion Yield

A recent project at the SDSU Specialty Crop Research Field investigated using early season soil tarping as a means for reducing weed competition in onion crops, which can be highly susceptibility to weed pressure due to their minimal canopy.

rows of leafy vegetables growing in a raised bed

Vegetables

Whether you are a beginner or have a green thumb, our tips will help your garden flourish.

variety of flowers growing in a yard

Flowers & Ornamental

Everyone can enjoy the natural beauty of flowers and ornamental plants with some simple recommendations.

Tulips blooming near the entrance to McCrory Gardens.

McCrory Gardens Trial Report aids in flower selection

June 20, 2023

The 2022 McCrory Gardens Trial Report, issued this spring by South Dakota State University Extension and McCrory Gardens, helps South Dakotans choose flower varieties that do well in local conditions.

Three perennial trial plants: Sedum 'Rock 'N Grow® Back in Black', Ornamental Oregano (Origanum) ‘Drops of Jupiter’, and Russian Sage (Perovskia) 'Sage Advice.’

A Look Back at Top-Performing Perennials From the 2022 McCrory Gardens Trial

Are you looking for new ideas of what to grow in your garden? Take a look at six of the top-performing perennials as judged during the 2022 growing season at McCrory Gardens.

Tulips blooming near the entrance to McCrory Gardens.

McCrory Gardens Trial Report 2022

Trial report for McCrory Gardens

Four top-performing perennial plants: Phlox ‘Opening Act Pink-a-Dot,’ Ornamental Onion ‘Serendipity,’ False Sunflower ‘Tuscan Sun,’ and Coral bells ‘Dolce® Wildberry.’

2021 McCrory Gardens Trials: A Look Back at Top-Performing Perennials

Are you looking for new ideas of what to grow in your garden? Let’s take a look at the six top-performing perennials as judged during the 2021 growing season at McCrory Gardens!

Four Top-performing annnuals: Sunflower ‘Suncredible® Saturn™, Verbena ‘Superbena® Imperial Blue™’, Sweet Alyssum ‘Violet Knight™’ and Coleus ‘ColorBlaze® El Brighto.'

2021 McCrory Gardens Trials: A Look Back at Top-Performing Garden and Container Annuals

Let’s take a look at the ten top-performing annuals during the 2021 McCrory Gardens Trials! Results feature the top six in-ground annuals and the top four container grown annuals.

Cherokee Purple, German Johnson, and Yellow Brandywine tomatoes.

Second-Year Trial of Grafted Heirloom Tomatoes at SDSU

See our latest findings from a second-year research trial of three indeterminate, beefsteak, open-pollinated tomatoes grafted to three unique rootstocks to assess production and marketability for South Dakota farms.

Bucket of cut Zinnia and Snapdragon flowers.

Cut Flowers on Campus: 2022 Zinnia and Snapdragon Trial Overview

The Lang Lab at South Dakota State University is currently working to increase research and support for South Dakota's cut flower farmers. Learn about their recent trial that examined popular cultivars of zinnias and snapdragons.