Here’s one more date you need to know! The deadline for CSP (Conservation Stewardship Program) sign-ups is now March 13. Here’s a link to more information about CSP:


We have a few dates for you to be aware of:

  • March 6 — last day to order bare root trees.
  • March 12 — last day for machine planting orders
  • Do you like pheasants? Would you like some free seed for a pheasant food plot? The Department of Game, Fish, and Parks is offering free seed to those who sign up by March 1. Click on the letter below to print a copy.


We received a very nice thank you from The Retreat at Pointer’s Ridge.  If you aren’t aware of them and their work, please check out their website at They are located about 10 miles north of Sioux Falls, working towards “being developed to serve as an incubator for creative discovery; a space to build upon the knowledge, history and culture of this region through the work of artists in all media; growers who provide physical nourishment and beauty through cultivation of the land; and environmentalists dedicated to protection of natural resources and green space”. They’re great people and a great resource. Please consider helping them out by giving of your time, talents, and treasure.



We came across an excellent article on the importance of crop rotation for producers to maintain good soil health. Joe Lauer, corn agronomist with the University of Wisconsin, tells The Furrow, “Adding a third crop like wheat adds even more to yields, especially for soybeans.” Lauer goes on to say, “We’ve tried transgenic hybrids and varieties, more fertilizer, fungicides, insecticides, and other inputs, and we can’t outpace the benefit of crop rotation — it’s simply the gift that keeps on giving.” Are you interested in boosting your yields, improving soil structure, reducing plant problems, and decreasing your fertilizer costs? CLICK HERE to read the full article.


The 2015 Order Form is here! Click HERE to open the form and start developing your 2015 growing season wish list! There are a couple of dates to keep in mind — the deadline for bare root orders is March 6and the machine plant orders deadline is March 13. We look forward to hearing from you! Feel free to call John at 605-370-3480 or email if you have any questions or concerns.



John Ball, PhD, Professor and SDSU Extension Forestry Specialist, is providing excellent resources on tree care. His timely newsletters provide many informational hints and tips for help with pests, watering, deer, needle color change, ice damage … you name it, he’s covered it. Please go to and take a look at his work. It’ll be well worth your time!

John Ball

John Ball, SDSU


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