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Black cattle equipped with virtual fencing collars grazing rangeland.
Jan 11

Virtual Fencing Workshop @ Box Elder

SDSU Extension will host a free virtual fencing workshop on Thursday, January 11 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. MT at the Box Elder Events Center (631 Watiki Way, Box Elder, SD 57719).

A network of drainage pipes on the edge of a corn field.
Jan 16

Precision Agriculture Crop Hour

January16-18: Nitrogen use, drip irrigation and drainage systems, water-smart farming and cover cropping systems.

SDSU Extension precision livestock field day canceled

December 04, 2023

The Precision Livestock Management Field Day in Brookings has been canceled.

Sushant Mehan smiles at the camera. He is wearing a black suit and striped tie

SDSU Extension welcomes new water specialist

November 28, 2023

South Dakota State University Extension is pleased to welcome Sushant Mehan as a new Water Resource Engineer Specialist and assistant professor.

13 participate in first SDSU Extension Precision Livestock Field School

November 01, 2023

South Dakota State University Extension hosted its first Precision Livestock Field School from July 31 to Aug. 2, 2023, at the Cottonwood Field Station near Philip, South Dakota.

Farmer calibrating a yield monitor insde a combine cab.

Comprehensive Guide to Grain Yield Monitoring Systems

A comprehensive guide to grain yield monitoring systems

Man using a dynamic cone penetrometer.

Soil Penetration Resistance as a Soil Health Indicator

Soil penetration resistance is an indicator of soil compaction and the force required for root growth through the soil. It can be measured in the field using a tool called a penetrometer.

Two producers observing an in-field cattle watering unit.

Water Monitoring Systems for Livestock

Depending on animal locations, checking water tanks can require hours of labor and significant fuel costs for remote pastures. Water monitoring systems offer producers a convenient way to check the status of the water sources remotely.

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.

Color-coded map showing rainfall accumulation at the locations of the four hub study sites in South Dakota. For assistance reading this graphic and data set, please call SDSU Extension at 605-688-6729.

Range Roundup: Precision Agriculture Range Project With Producer Participation

SDSU Extension researchers started a new precision agriculture range project using remote sensing, machine learning, and ground-collected vegetation samples to develop an application to measure forage quality and quantity throughout the state in near real-time.