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aerial view of the James River Valley

Every Acre Counts

Every Acre Counts improves production practices for greater profitability.

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.

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.

Black steer at the SDSU Cottonwood Field Station outfitted with a virtual fence collar (black strap and grey box) from the company Vence™.

Virtual Fencing: Emerging Companies, Functionality and Benefits

Research conducted in the past few years has shown promising results for virtual fencing to be a viable option in many scenarios.

Aerial view of cattle near a feeder.

Utilizing Drones for Ranching Operations

Using drones as a tool for monitoring grasslands, checking cattle, and monitoring water sources has increased recently. Learn some important licensing and safety considerations for using drones on your operation.

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.

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.

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.