2018 Grassland Planting & Management School

Categorized: Livestock, Beef, Dairy, Horse, Land, Water & Wildlife, Sheep

: Jul 25th

SDSU Extension and the SD Grassland Coalition will host a new school on July 25 - 27 at the SDSU Extension Watertown Regional Center (1910 W. Kemp Ave., Watertown, SD 57201).

The school is open to all who are interested in grassland management, planting, restoration, wildlife, pollinators, or stand enhancement and will feature classroom and field-based instruction over the 2.5 days. Key features of this school will be an equipment session and field tours with visits to demonstration sites.

Agenda

Wednesday, July 25

  • 7:30 – 8:00 Registration, rolls, juice, coffee
  • 8:00 – 8:30 Welcome and Introductions
  • 8:30 – 8:50 Goals and Goal Setting Intro
  • 8:50 – 9:10 Grasslands Introduction
  • 9:10 – 9:30 Grasslands of Today
  • 9:30 – 10:00 Grassland Soils
  • 10:00 – 10:15 Break w/snack
  • 10:15 – 11:15 Seeding into cropland
  • 11:15 – 11:45 Seeding into sod
  • 11:45 – 12:45 Choosing Seed Mixes
  • 12:45 – 1:00 Load bus, lunch on bus
  • 1:00 – 3:30 Redlin, Scott, Blythe GPAs (Henry area)
  • 3:30 – 6:00 Double P Ranch (Willow Lake)
    Field trips will also include specific instruction on soil prep, challenges, chemicals, invasive species management, etc. 
  • 6:00 – 7:00 Supper at the lodge
  • 7:00 – 7:15 Agency/NGO grassland support programs - Intro
  • 7:15 – 8:15 Planning your project
  • 8:15 – 9:00 Travel back to Watertown / Adjourn

Thursday, July 26

  • 7:00 – 8:00 Breakfast at Extension Center
  • 8:00 – 8:20 Stand Establishment
  • 8:20 – 8:40 Stand Maintenance
  • 8:40 – 9:00 Native Range Management
  • 9:00 – 9:20 Fertilizing Grasslands
  • 9:20 – 10:45 Seeding Equipment viewing
  • 10:45 – 11:00 AM: Load busses, box lunch on bus
  • 11:00 AM – 9 PM: Field trips will focus on stand establishment, pasture renovation, livestock integration, soil health, and alternative enterprises, SUPPER 

Friday, July 27

  • 7:00 – 8:00 Breakfast at Extension Center
  • 8:00 – 9:00 Grass Enterprises
  • 9:00 – 9:30 Grassland Fire
  • 9:30 – 10:30 Open Forum
  • 10:30 – 10:45 Break
  • 10:45 – 11:30 Rainfall simulator
  • 11:30 – 12 PM SD Drought tool /equipment viewing
  • 12:00 – 12:15 Course Evaluations / Adjourn

Registration

Registration for the School is $180, which includes a 1 year membership to the South Dakota Grassland Coalition (registration is only $150 for current Grassland Coalition members). Contact Jan Rounds by email or Pete Bauman by email, or the SDSU Extension Watertown Regional Center at 605.882.5140 for registration details.

This course will be modeled after the successful platform of the SD Grazing School and the SD Soil Health School. There is no pre-requisite for attending the Grassland Management School, as the curriculum is independent of the other two schools, and it’s been designed to be the third ‘leg’ of the schools offered in South Dakota annually.

Organizations involved in developing this school include the South Dakota Grassland Coalition, SDSU Extension, The Nature Conservancy, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Audubon Dakota, Pheasants Forever, SD Soil Health Coalition, SD Department of Game, Fish, and Parks, the US Fish and Wildlife Service/Partners for Fish and Wildlife program.

UPCOMING EVENTS

10th Annual Grassfed Exchange National Conference
June 20-22, Rapid City, SD
Please visit the Grass Fed Exchange website or call Pete Bauman at SDSU Extension at 605.882.5140 or by email for more information.

South Dakota Leopold Conservation Award Tour
June 25, Union Center, SD
Gary and Amy Cammack Ranch, Contact Judge Jessop at 605.280.0127 or by email for more information.

10th Annual Grassfed Exchange National Conference
June 20-22, Rapid City, SD
Please visit the Grass Fed Exchange website or call Pete Bauman at SDSU Extension at 605.882.5140 by email for more information.

Rangeland Days/Soils Days
June 26-27, Redfield, SD
Contact Ivy Pazour, Spink Conservation District at 605.472.1437 Ext. 3 for more information.

Bus Tour to Gabe Brown and Jeremy Wilson Operations
June 28-29, 2018
Contact Shane Jordan 605.472.1437 Ext. 3 for more information.

SD Grassland Coalition Pasture Walk
June 29, Ree Heights, SD
Lockner and Odden Ranches. Contact Randy Holmquist 605.730.0550 or by email.

SD Grassland Management School
July 25-27, Watertown, SD
Contact Pete Bauman at 605.882.5140 or by email for more information.

Happy Cow Tour
July 27, Corson County, SD
Contact Judge Jessop at 605.280.0127 or by email for more information.

South Dakota Soil Health School
September 5-7, Hartford, SD
Contact Cindy Zenk at 605.280.4190 or by email for more information.

South Dakota Grazing School
2 schools offered during the Second Week of September, Chamberlain, SD
Contact Judge Jessop at 605.280.0127 or by email for more information.

SD Association of Conservation Districts Convention
September 16-18, Pierre, SD
Contact Angela Ehlers at 605.895.4099 or by email for more information.

South Dakota Grassland Coalition 20 Year Event
December 12, Chamberlain, SD
Contact Judge Jessop at 605.280.0127 or by email for more information.