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


Do you farm or ranch and want to make improvements to the land that you own or lease? Natural Resources Conservation Service offers technical and financial assistance to help farmers, ranchers, and forest landowners.


Click HERE for more information!



We received a very nice email from a professor of biology at South Dakota State University and just had to share it with everybody!


“September 1, 2014

To Officials of the Minnehaha Conservation District,

I’m just back from spending some time at the Dewey Gevik Nature Center.  I want to express my appreciation to you for establishing and maintaining this important and significant place.  It supports a marvelous diversity of wetland and upland plants and animals.  Every visit provides something new and different to experience.”


If you haven’t been out to the Gevik site lately, you’re missing out! Give yourself the gift of peace and calm that can be only be found away from the city. We guarantee it will be an enjoyable experience for you! Directions to the Gevik Outdoor Conservation Learning Area can be found HERE.



In an effort to address local resource concerns, the Minnehaha Conservation District invites you to a local work group meeting to be held on Monday, September 8, from 3:00 – 4:00 pm at the USDA Service Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The purpose of the meeting is to give you an opportunity to express your ideas for the conservation needs in Minnehaha County. We would appreciate your assistance in prioritizing Environmental Quality Incentive Program projects.


The meeting is open to the public as well as government, tribal, farm, and wildlife groups.


WHAT: Work Group Meeting


WHERE: USDA Service Center, 2408 E Benson Road, Sioux Falls, SD 57104


WHEN: Monday, September 8, 2014 from 3:00pm – 4:00pm


We have a worksheet available to help you get your thoughts in order in preparation for the meeting. Please click HERE to download and print the worksheet.


We’re looking forward to hearing your great ideas!

Here is a very interesting article about soil health and life in the soil. Rick Bieber from Trail City, South Dakota, believes “if you take care of your soil, your soil takes care of you.” “The soil isn’t just a tool, it’s a full partner in a farming operation.” Interesting perspective!


Click here to read the full article.


We’ve got a special sale for native perennials and grasses going! Please click here for the order form to print and fill out. Just for clarification, a 300# pot is about the size of an ice cream pail and the cost is $10.75 / pot.


If you have any questions, give John a call at 605-370-3480. Happy planting!



Did you know that the EPA is considering changes to the rules that govern the waters of the United States? How will this affect agricultural producers and conservation practices? Now is the time to become more informed and offer your input. Comments on agricultural exemptions are accepted until 7/7/14, and formal comments can be submitted until 10/20/14. Here are links to resources that will help you understand what’s going on:


Waters of the U.S. Proposed Rule

Questions and Answers About Waters of the U.S.

An excellent blog post that explains the proposed changes and how they will (or will not) affect agricultural producers




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