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    Field Studies: What do you mean 5 bushels per acre is not significant?

    Utilizing sound research results to help make decisions on the farm is a wise business practice. It can be confusing, however, when you see two numbers that are clearly not the same labeled as “not significantly different.”

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    S.D. Riparian Buffer Classification Program: Signup deadline Oct. 15

    During the 2017 SD Legislative Session, Governor Dennis Daugaard signed into law Senate Bill 66 (SB 66), also known as the “buffer strip” bill. Essentially, the bill provides an incentive for landowners to plant perennial vegetation on land adjoining qualified lakes, rivers, or streams via a property tax adjustment in order to improve water quality.

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    Farmers and Ranchers Needed for Survey

    SDSU Extension is devoted to meeting the needs of South Dakota farmers and ranchers in the state. If you are 18 years-of-age or older and farming or ranching is your occupation, please consider completing a 10-15 minute survey that would help us acquire information to design and implement future programs to serve farm and ranch families.

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    South Dakota Drought Update: June 6, 2017

    Dryness has been lingering in South Dakota for the last several weeks. The month of May was near average for temperature, and even a little on the cool side for the Eastern region. But now that temperatures have soared into the nineties and above, in combination with some wind, drought conditions have rapidly taken over Northern South Dakota.

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    Field Studies: Replicated Comparisons vs. Side-by-Side Comparisons

    The season is upon us and producers are heading out to the field to get their crops planted and established. Producers are interested in knowing what works best, yields the most, and especially what is most profitable during these tight economic times. Some may want to compare products or practices on their own farm or look at information from other farms or industry studies.

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    2017 SDSU Extension Wheat Walks

    SDSU Extension will host Wheat Walks in the Pierre and Wall areas on May 25, 2017 and in the Clark area on June 1, 2017. The goal of these events is to provide wheat producers with the latest information to effectively manage their crop. SDSU Extension experts will be on hand at each location, providing expertise in plant pathology, weed control, entomology, soil fertility and agronomic information.

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    The Ethics of Decision Making

    Leaders often make challenging decisions. In your leadership role, you agreed to take on the responsibility that comes with the role and your actions are constantly being viewed by others. How you choose to make decisions will impact the type of leader you are and how followers like employees, committee members or volunteers will respect you. Will they view you as a leader with integrity or not?

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    Planting Winter Wheat Into Dry Soil

    The most recent drought monitor still shows much of Western South Dakota in varying stages of drought with the worst conditions centered on eastern Meade and Pennington into Haakon and Ziebach counties. As a result, many farmers may find themselves planting winter wheat into dry soils, which poses a number of challenging options that should be considered.

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    South Dakota Climate & Drought Summary

    As of August 3, 2017, just over 82% of South Dakota is in drought. The area of drought has hovered around 80 percent for the last few weeks. The South and Southeast have gradually worsened recently, due to both dryness and heat.

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    Making Cropping Decisions After Hail Storms

    Recent hail storms have brought crop injury in isolated parts of South Dakota. We always hope the old ‘white combine’ adage does not come true, but there is no stopping mother nature. For those effected by serious hail damage, sometimes the next steps are hard to determine.

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    Precipitation Deficit Tool Available

    As of July 5, much of Central and Western South Dakota is listed in Moderate to Severe Drought, with the North Central part of the state affected hardest. One tool to make these categories a bit more tangible is the Drought Termination and Amelioration Application developed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

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    Field Studies: What do you mean 5 bushels per acre is not significant?

    Utilizing sound research results to help make decisions on the farm is a wise business practice. It can be confusing, however, when you see two numbers that are clearly not the same labeled as “not significantly different.”

    Read More »

    S.D. Riparian Buffer Classification Program: Signup deadline Oct. 15

    During the 2017 SD Legislative Session, Governor Dennis Daugaard signed into law Senate Bill 66 (SB 66), also known as the “buffer strip” bill. Essentially, the bill provides an incentive for landowners to plant perennial vegetation on land adjoining qualified lakes, rivers, or streams via a property tax adjustment in order to improve water quality.

    Read More »

    Farmers and Ranchers Needed for Survey

    SDSU Extension is devoted to meeting the needs of South Dakota farmers and ranchers in the state. If you are 18 years-of-age or older and farming or ranching is your occupation, please consider completing a 10-15 minute survey that would help us acquire information to design and implement future programs to serve farm and ranch families.

    Read More »

    Field Studies: Replicated Comparisons vs. Side-by-Side Comparisons

    The season is upon us and producers are heading out to the field to get their crops planted and established. Producers are interested in knowing what works best, yields the most, and especially what is most profitable during these tight economic times. Some may want to compare products or practices on their own farm or look at information from other farms or industry studies.

    Read More »

    The A, B, Cs of Food Production: Almonds, Bees, and Cooperation

    According to 2015 UN estimations by 2050 the U.S. will have a population of 402 million, 25% greater than today. In order to feed this population and sustain the country’s economy through commodities’ exports, agricultural output needs to increase by a similar amount by that year. These figures are projections based on current population and food production dynamics. One critical component of this equation is going to be the presence of enough pollinator activity. Pollinators are crucial to maintain global food production and a healthy ecosystem.

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    2017 SDSU Extension Wheat Walks

    SDSU Extension will host Wheat Walks in the Pierre and Wall areas on May 25, 2017 and in the Clark area on June 1, 2017. The goal of these events is to provide wheat producers with the latest information to effectively manage their crop. SDSU Extension experts will be on hand at each location, providing expertise in plant pathology, weed control, entomology, soil fertility and agronomic information.

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    Fall Noxious Weed Control

    Fall weed control can give the best weed control but it also can be a poor time. If the noxious weeds were sprayed or clipped earlier this summer and there is good weed growth now, this would be a good time to spray these weeds and get a good kill.

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    SDSU Extension Agronomy Team Ready to Answer Questions

    SDSU Extension’s agronomy team and the SDSU Plant Diagnostic Clinic will be at Dakotafest 2017, August 15-17 at the Schlaffman Farm in Mitchell, SD (Booth #600). Our experts will be available to help producers diagnose problems in their fields and offer advice for managing plant diseases, insects, nutrient deficiencies, and other issues.

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    Making Cropping Decisions After Hail Storms

    Recent hail storms have brought crop injury in isolated parts of South Dakota. We always hope the old ‘white combine’ adage does not come true, but there is no stopping mother nature. For those effected by serious hail damage, sometimes the next steps are hard to determine.

    Read More »

    S.D. Riparian Buffer Classification Program: Signup deadline Oct. 15

    During the 2017 SD Legislative Session, Governor Dennis Daugaard signed into law Senate Bill 66 (SB 66), also known as the “buffer strip” bill. Essentially, the bill provides an incentive for landowners to plant perennial vegetation on land adjoining qualified lakes, rivers, or streams via a property tax adjustment in order to improve water quality.

    Read More »

    Playing in the Sandbox at Dakotafest 2017

    During Dakotafest 2017 (August 15 - 17) under the SDSU Extension tent, both young and old alike will have the opportunity to literally play in a sandbox—and possibly learn a little something about how watersheds work at the same time.

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    Understanding Drought & Heat Stress in Crops

    South Dakota has seen higher than average temperatures in the last few weeks and the current U.S. drought monitor shows that almost 80% of the state is facing moisture deficit conditions with Central and North Central region facing the worst.

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    2017 SDSU Extension Wheat Walks

    SDSU Extension will host Wheat Walks in the Pierre and Wall areas on May 25, 2017 and in the Clark area on June 1, 2017. The goal of these events is to provide wheat producers with the latest information to effectively manage their crop. SDSU Extension experts will be on hand at each location, providing expertise in plant pathology, weed control, entomology, soil fertility and agronomic information.

    Read More »

    Soil Health Principles

    Soil health is a very important natural resource concern; however, knowledge of how to build soil health is not widespread. The principles of soil health should be addressed as often as possible. At a recent South Dakota Soil Health Challenge meeting in Mitchell, Jay Fuhrer (USDA-NRCS) presented his five principles of soil health: 1. Soil Armor,  2. Minimizing Soil Disturbance, 3. Plant Diversity, 4. Continual live plant root and 5. Livestock Integration.

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    Soil Testing Labs

    Crop Producers, agronomists, gardeners, homeowners and anyone else who is thinking about taking soil samples this fall or next spring need to be aware that South Dakota State University no longer offers commercial testing. (Effective Oct, 2011). Below is a list of nearby state or private laboratories that can be used for crop production fields, gardens and lawns. The private laboratories are not necessarily recommended or endorsed, however many will give university recommendations when asked. Crop producers, agronomists, gardeners, and home owners with questions on sample submissions, analysis charges and recommendations should contact the laboratory of interest.

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    Cover Crop Adoption: Farmers’ perceived benefits & barriers

    Cover crops are generally defined as crops planted between cash crops to cover and protect the soil. Some demonstrated benefits of cover crops include: reduced soil erosion, increased soil organic matter, increased biological diversity, increased nitrogen supply, and weed control. Depending on the farmers’ objectives, different species of cover crops can be planted. For example, if a farmer’s main objective is to increase nitrogen supply, then legume cover crops best suited to the farm area should be selected.

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    Gypsum Misconceptions

    The consideration of gypsum as a soil amendment has become a popular topic in crop production agriculture. However, correctly understanding the chemical function of gypsum and lime in soil is needed to properly place this amendment. Gypsum, which is calcium sulfate after applied to the soil and dissolved in the water it disassociates into calcium and sulfate.

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