It’s time for the 56th annual Resource Conservation Speech Contest! The topic is “Soil Health: What Will You Leave?” The contest is open to all students grades 9-12. Please CLICK HERE FOR THE ENTRY FORM and feel free to call us with any questions. Good luck!

The State Conservation Commission will be meeting on Monday, July 18 from 1pm – 2pm. The meeting will be held by teleconference. Instructions for accessing the teleconference and a meeting agenda CAN BE VIEWED HERE.

This is a special summer meeting and will focus on items that need to be addressed prior to the September Commission meeting. The usual program reports (grants, loans, and partner) will be addressed at the next Commission meeting.

This meeting is being held in a physically accessible place. Individuals needing assistance, pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, should contact the Division of Resource Conservation and Forestry (605-773-3623) in advance of the meeting to make any necessary arrangements.

The Minnehaha Conservation District will be selling excess trees this Tuesday, June 21st, from 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. at the District shed at 1120 E. 72nd St. N., Sioux Falls.  The cost will be $2.75/tree or $60.00 for a bundle of 25 of the same species, plus tax.  Cost of fruit trees is $30.00/tree, plus tax.  PLEASE CLICK HERE to see the list of what is currently available.


During the 2016 Tree Planting
and Fabric Installation Season

Tree planters and fabric layers are needed for the season. These are temporary part-time positions that generally start towards the end of April and goes into the first or second week of June. For more information, please contact the Minnehaha Conservation District in Sioux Falls at 2408 East Benson Road, email, or call 605-330-4515.

It’s time for the 2016 Soil Health Series! This event will be held on March 17 at the Ipswich 4H building (RSVP to Irswich NRCS office at 605-426-6951 ext 3), and March 18th at the Crooks Community Center (RSVP to Sioux Falls NRCS office at 605-330-4515 ext 3). Topics include

  • Utilizing Cover Crops
  • Using Livestock as the Combine
  • Livestock Utilization of Cover Crops and Impact on Soil Health
  • Cover Crops and Rotational Diversity
  • In-Season Cover Crops

Both days begin with registration at 9:30 am. Lunch is included with the registration. Cost is free to current South Dakota Soil Health Coalition members and $25 for non-members, which includes a 1-year coalition membership. You can learn more about the newly-established South Dakota Soil Health Coalition at

For more information about these upcoming events, CLICK HERE to view and download a flyer.

We are pleased to make available to you the 2015 Progress Report of Activities which gives a brief summary of the current status of studies conducted by the Bismarck Plant Materials Center.

Below is a picture of the table of contents for the report. You can click on this to view and/or print the report as well.


If you have any questions or comments, please contact PMC staff at 701.250.4330 Wayne Duckwitz (ext. 101), Nancy Jensen (ext. 103), or Craig Stange (ext. 102) or Wayne Markegard, Plant Materials Specialist at 701.250.4330 (ext. 107)  or 701.530-2075.