Here’s your reminder of the Soil Health School coming up on September 5-7 in Hartford, South Dakota. The Soil Health School is designed for agricultural producers as well as anyone with an interest in learning how to manage soils for resiliency and profit. The agenda features classroom style presentations by producers and technical experts from across the state and region, as well as hands-on experiences in the field. Area producers will share their challenges and successes with various methods for improving soil health.

Space is limited. Early registration is encouraged to participate. First session starts at 8:00 AM Wednesday, and the final session will end at 1:00 PM Friday.

Click on the picture below to view and/or print the flyer and registration form.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018
Prairie Paradise Farms, near Ft. Pierre, SD
RSVP ASAP to Pierre NRCS Field Office — 605-224-8870 Ext 3

Click on the picture to view or print the flyer

Barry and Eli Little, Castlewood, SD

Barry and Eli Little describe the process they have gone through to incorporate different enterprises into their operation. These enterprises include multi-species grazing of cattle, sheep, and hogs as well as integrating livestock onto crop ground.

This soil story was produced as a result of an agreement with the USDA NRCS SD and the University of South Carolina in cooperation with the SD Soil Health Coalition, and SD Conservation Districts. Learn more about healthy soils at the NRCS Soil Health Information Center at


Ducks Unlimited has a soil health and cover crop partnership program! Improving soil health supports profitable and sustainable agriculture, clean water, vibrant rural communities, and health wildlife habitat. Win / win for everybody! For more information about this program, click on the picture below, or contact Brad Schmidt at 605-592-1277 or


Here’s an interesting article we found in “The Furrow” about the rainfall challenges we’ve been having in the Midwest.

“Scientists conducting the third National Climate Assessment for the U.S. reported that heavy downpours are increasing nationally, with the largest increases in the central Corn Belt states along with the northeastern states.”

(Please click on the picture below to view the article)


Minnehaha County Summer Workshop
August 17, 2018 — 9:30am – 3:30pm
Crooks Community Center, 701 S Western Ave, Crooks, SD

Come and learn about grazing, alternative forages, and soil health from both a scientist’s and producer’s perspective


An “Our Amazing South Dakota Resources” new TV commercial was just released! Take a peek here:

Previously Released Commercials:

Our Amazing Grasslands

Our Amazing Water Resources

The “Our Amazing South Dakota Resources” campaign was created in 2018 with the goal of better communicating the importance and value of grasslands and soil resources throughout the state. This campaign strives to better show what South Dakota farmers and ranchers are doing to protect and enhance these resources. Each thirty second video was created utilizing footage from interviews with South Dakota farmers and ranchers and showcases footage of their farming and ranching operations.


Now HERE’S something different for you! We have a HAPPY COW TOUR coming up this Friday, July 27 just west of Mobridge, SD, starting at the Darrel and Francie Smith home.  Registration starts at 8:30 am. You’ll get a nice bus ride, lunch, and a ton of good information! To find out more, contact Lyle Perman (605-649-7629) or Judge Jessop (605-280-0127). Click on the picture for a better view of the flyer. Hope to see you there!