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aerial view of the James River Valley

Every Acre Counts

Every Acre Counts improves production practices for greater profitability.

Tablet computer displaying precision planting data.

The 5 R’s of Precision Agriculture

Precision agriculture is a management strategy that uses cutting-edge technology to gather, process and analyze information to provide optimized crop inputs. Learn about the five R's that guide its use on farms.

Extension staff analyzing a soybean plant with a stakeholder.

SDSU Extension to Host Informational Sessions at Dakotafest

August 08, 2022

Producers are invited to visit the SDSU Extension booth at Dakotafest August 16-18 in Mitchell, South Dakota.

A cow at the Cottonwood Field Station with her head in the green colored chamber of the GreenFeeder

Range Roundup: Precision Technology to Measure Cattle Methane Emissions and Intake on Western S.D. Rangelands

In a recent research project, our precision livestock team deployed technology to measure individual cattle methane emissions and feed intake by disappearance. Learn how this data can be used to help improve day-to-day management decisions on the ranch.

SDSU West River Research Farm land.

SDSU Extension to Host West River Field School June 29

June 08, 2022

The West River Field School will focus on the diverse nature of agriculture in western South Dakota and provide attendees with an opportunity to learn in a hands-on environment with SDSU Extension specialists.

A Super SmartFeed Producer at the SDSU Cottonwood Field Station.

Range Roundup: Heifer Development With Precision Supplementation

In a recent research project, a Super SmartFeed Producer was used in conjunction with two SmartScales for precision heifer supplementation and development. Learn what this technology has to offer for ranching operations.

Beef cattle out at pasture at Cottonwood Field Station

2022 Cottonwood Field Station to Host Precision Ranching Technology Field Day

June 02, 2022

South Dakota State University’s Cottonwood Field Station will host a Precision Ranching Technology Field Day on Thursday, July 28 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. MDT.

A John Deere Max Emerge XP corn planter behind a Case IH Magnum 335 with AFS precision farming system.

Why Precision Agriculture?

When precision agriculture comes into a conversation a few questions arise. Three of those questions might be: What is precision agriculture? How does precision agriculture make our farm more profitable? What do I do with all this data?

Mixed cattle grazing a harvested cornfield in winter.

SDSU Southeast Research Farm to Host Extension Symposium at 2022 Dakota Farm Show

January 03, 2022

The SDSU Southeast Research Farm, in collaboration with SDSU Extension, will be hosting a symposium and exhibitor booth January 4-6 at the Dakota Farm Show in Vermillion, South Dakota.

Aerial photo of a field revealing crop productivity within a specified management zone.

Creating Management Zones Using Electrical Conductivity

The first step to practicing zone management is to identify the variations that control yield. There are various methods for characterizing soil variations within a field, and among them, electrical conductivity measurement is one of the most-reliable.