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Many South Dakotans are dealing with flood issues following recent blizzards and record-breaking rain.

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a winter wheat field in late winter with noticable flooding in the distance

Effects of Spring Flooding in Winter Wheat

How does spring flooding impact winter wheat survival? Plants in general get impacted by water-logged conditions due to lack of oxygen.

a wet, snow-covered field with deep ruts in the soil

Stuck in a Rut: How to Deal With Field Ruts this Spring

As spring approaches, planting comes to mind, and for many, this means deciding what to do about last fall’s field ruts.

Implications of Excessive Soil Moisture for Disease Development in Winter Wheat

Although it is too early to start thinking about disease issues in winter wheat at this time, current flooding in some areas may have implications on diseases that may develop on winter wheat.

green tractor next to a machine shed with farm equipment inside it

Overproducing us Out of Business

There seems to be a misconception nowadays in much of the public that in order for agriculture to be sustainable in the future, there is a need to go organic. Organic agriculture can be sustainable, but so can traditional agriculture.

mixture of cover crops planted next to a corn field

Cover Crop Usage in South Dakota is on the Rise

The number of South Dakota producers who use cover crops has been increasing at an accelerating rate over the past ten years.

two producers in a pasture with a cowherd

Rotational Grazing Benefits: South Dakota Producer Perceptions

To better understand producer perceptions on rotational grazing, we sent out 1,500 surveys to South Dakota ranchers inquiring about adoption status and perceptions of rotational grazing.

Winter wheat field covered with snow

Effects of Snow on Wheat

Even though snow that comes with the onset of cool temperatures can be a nuisance for our daily activities, it can benefit a winter wheat crop a great deal.

bunches of Aronia berries still on a bush

Soil Testing for Vineyards in South Dakota

Not all soils are conducive to growing quality grapes, so prospective vineyard sites should be tested before a decision is made to plant grapes. Tests can identify soils that are either too high in pH, salts, or salinity, or that are “too rich” (too high in organic matter and nitrogen) for grapes. In addition, testing before planting allows for the incorporation of nutrients—such as phosphorus—that do not move easily through the soil to plant roots.


Annual Mitchell Soil Health Event Set for February 14 at Highland Conference Center

January 17, 2019

SDSU Extension will host the annual Mitchell Soil Health Event February 14, 2019 at the Highland Conference Center (2000 Highland Way) in Mitchell.

Soil Health, Corn, Wheat, Soybean, Cover Crops

man holding a small pile of soil in his hands

2019 SD Soil Health Coalition Soil Health Conference & Annual Meeting

January 14, 2019

All are invited to attend the 2019 South Dakota Soil Health Coalition (SDSHC) Soil Health Conference & Annual Meeting January 22 at the Brookings Days Inn (2500 6th Street) and January 23 at Club 71 in the at Dana J. Dykhouse Stadium (1396 Stadium Rd) on the campus of South Dakota State University, in Brookings.

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