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News of the Day — 7/17/18

MERIT OR MYTH:
Engaging South Dakota’s Farming Community
In The Pursuit Of Healthy, Functioning Soils

In 2007, Doug Sieck of Walworth County, SD began his soil health journey. A little over a decade later, his soils, his operation, and his mindset have all transformed. In this 7-part series, Doug shares with us his eye-opening journey into soil health, how to make the transition easier, and why we all should consider the change ourselves.

Integrated Systems With Doug Sieck — Intro 1/7


Integrated Systems With Doug Sieck — Holistic Mindset 2/7


To see all of the parts of this series, PLEASE CLICK HERE.


Merit or Myth —

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News of the Day — 7/13/18

HOW DO YOU BUILD HEALTHY SOIL?

Managing for soil health must begin by changing the way you think about SOIL.. Although the details of how best to create high-quality soils differ from farm to farm and even field to field, the general approaches are the same.

  • Soil cover by keeping plant residue on the soil surface
  • Diversify as much as possible with 3 or more crop rotation and cover crops when possible
  • Keep plants growing throughout the year to feed the soil
  • Minimize soil disturbance
  • Manage soil fertility
  • Whenever traveling on the soil with field equipment, use practices that help develop and maintain good soil structure.

The key to improving soil health is assuring that the food and energy chains and webs include as many different plants and animals as possible. Biodiversity is ultimately the key to success of any agricultural system. A diverse and fully functioning soil food web provides for nutrient, energy, and water cycling that allows a soil to function at its full potential.

If the thought of making changes on your farm is overwhelming, you can start with only one or two practices that improve soil health. A learning period is probably needed to make new management practices work on your farm. Experiment on one or two selected fields and permit yourself to make a few mistakes.

Planning is essential to success.

“….generally, the type of soil management that gives the greatest immediate return leads to a deterioration of soil productivity, whereas the type that provides the highest income over the period of a generation leads to the maintenance or improvement of productivity.” — Charles Kellogg, 1936

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News of the Day — 7/10/18

Minnehaha County Summer Grazing and Soil Health Workshop
August 17, 2018

A summer grazing and soil health workshop will be held on Friday August 17, 2018 at the Crooks Community Center, 701 South Western Ave, Crooks, beginning at 9:00 AM. Those interested in learning about sustainable grazing systems, soil health, and alternative forages are encouraged to attend! This workshop is designed to provide information to producers about alternative systems that are becoming more mainstream and discuss the economic factors surrounding them.

The day will begin at 9:00 AM with registration and refreshments, and the workshop itself will start at 9:30 AM. Sandy Smart, Professor and South Dakota State University (SDSU) Extension Rangeland Management Specialist, will begin with a presentation on cool season grazing systems and the use of alternative forages. Lunch will then be provided, with a running of the Rainfall Simulator to directly follow. At 12:45 PM Bryan and Nick Jorgensen will begin their presentation on the economics of the grazing and soil health practices they have instituted on their operation. They will describe what led them to change their management and the “aha moment” which also transformed their way of thinking moving forward.

When asked what the motivation was to organize an event like this in Minnehaha County, Casey Wenzlaff, Soil Conservationist with the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) said, “Our intention is not to tell people they are doing something wrong, just to provide them with an opportunity to listen to others who have been successful with alternative systems and forages. Alternative management options are always a great tool to have, especially as we experience more and more challenging years.”

Planning and support of this event was provided by the USDA-NRCS, South Dakota Soil Health Coalition (SDSHC), South Dakota Grassland Coalition (SDGC), Minnehaha County Conservation District and the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (SARE).  Please RSVP to the Minnehaha County NRCS office at (605) 330-4515 Ext. 3 or email Deron Ruesch at deron.ruesch@sd.usda.gov.

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News of the Day — 7/9/18

THE SOUTH DAKOTA GRAZING SCHOOL WILL HAVE TWO SCHOOLS DURING SEPTEMBER 2018

September 10-12
September 12-14

Please CLICK HERE to print the registration form. This form should be completed and returned with your payment to

Judge Jessop — Project Coordinator
SD Grasslands Coalition
Grasslands Management and Planning Project
24690 299th Avenue
Presho, SD 57568

Please CLICK HERE to view the agenda from the 2017 Grazing School so you can have an idea of the times and topics covered.

Feel free to call or email Judge with any questions:

Email: judge.jessop@sdconservation.net
Cell: 605-280-0127

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News of the Day — 7/6/18

HAVE YOU SIGNED UP???

We wanted to remind you of these two great workshops and SDSU’s 57th Annual Summer Field Day! Hurry and register! You won’t want to miss these!

Also, South Dakota State University’s Southeast Research Farm will host its 57th Annual Summer Field Day from 1:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on July 10 at the farm located at 29974 University Road, Beresford, SD.

Field tours start at 1:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Indoor presentations will begin at 3:30 p.m.

The field day will feature plot tours highlighting projects and research happening on the farm, as well as presentations and demonstrations by SDSU faculty and SDSU Extension staff.

The featured speaker for the tour is Loran Steinlage, an innovative Iowa farmer who has evolved from practicing conventional tillage to strip till to no-till with cover crops, all while building soil health and revenue. He will be giving a presentation entitled, “How to Improve Soil Health and Profitability with Cover Crops and No-Till” at 5:40 p.m.

Tentative tour schedule and topics:

• Corn and Soybean Herbicide Demonstrations: Paul Johnson, SDSU Extension weed science coordinator.

• Oat Varieties: Melanie Caffe, SDSU assistant professor, oat breeding.

• Oat Nitrogen: Anthony Bly, SDSU Extension soils field specialist.

• Soybean Insect Pests: Adam Varenhorst, SDSU assistant professor & SDSU Extension specialist field crop entomologist.

• Soybean Disease Update: Emmanuel Byamukama, SDSU assistant professor & SDSU Extension plant pathologist.

• Soybean Management for Yield and Grain Quality: Péter Kovács, SDSU assistant professor, ag cropping systems.

• Rye Cover Crop and Tile Drainage: Peter Sexton, SDSU Southeast Farm supervisor/plant science.

• Annual Forages: Sara Bauder, SDSU Extension agronomy field specialist.

• Rotation and Grazing: Sandeep Kumar, SDSU plant science assistant professor, soil biophysics and management.

• Oat – Palisade: David Karki, SDSU Extension agronomy field specialist.

• Corn – N Timing: Jason Clark, SDSU Extension soil fertility specialist; Péter Kovács, SDSU assistant professor, ag cropping systems.

• Soybean Planting Date: Graig Reicks, SDSU plant science.

• Indoor Presentations will begin at 3:30 p.m.

• Marketing Trends: Jack Davis, SDSU Extension crops business management field specialist.

• Ag Weather Tools: Laura Edwards, SDSU state climatologist.

• Drainage Water Management: John McMaine, SDSU ag engineering assistant professor & SDSU Extension water management engineer.

• Root Rot of Corn: Febina Mathew, SDSU assistant professor & field crops pathologist; Paul Okello, SDSU plant science.

The field day and workshop are free of charge and everyone is encouraged to attend. For more information about the SDSU Southeast Research Farm Summer Field Day and No-Till and Interseeding Workshop, contact Ruth Stevens at 605-563-2989.

 

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News of the Day — 6/30/18

EASTERN SOUTH DAKOTA NO-TILL AND INTER-SEEDING COVER CROPS

We want to make you aware of two free educational events on managing wet weather and improving soil health and profitability by no-tilling and inter-seeding cover crops into corn, soybeans, and wheat.

Also, South Dakota State University’s Southeast Research Farm will host its 57th Annual Summer Field Day from 1:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on July 10 at the farm located at 29974 University Road, Beresford, SD.

Field tours start at 1:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Indoor presentations will begin at 3:30 p.m.

The field day will feature plot tours highlighting projects and research happening on the farm, as well as presentations and demonstrations by SDSU faculty and SDSU Extension staff.

The featured speaker for the tour is Loran Steinlage, an innovative Iowa farmer who has evolved from practicing conventional tillage to strip till to no-till with cover crops, all while building soil health and revenue. He will be giving a presentation entitled, “How to Improve Soil Health and Profitability with Cover Crops and No-Till” at 5:40 p.m.

Tentative tour schedule and topics:

• Corn and Soybean Herbicide Demonstrations: Paul Johnson, SDSU Extension weed science coordinator.

• Oat Varieties: Melanie Caffe, SDSU assistant professor, oat breeding.

• Oat Nitrogen: Anthony Bly, SDSU Extension soils field specialist.

• Soybean Insect Pests: Adam Varenhorst, SDSU assistant professor & SDSU Extension specialist field crop entomologist.

• Soybean Disease Update: Emmanuel Byamukama, SDSU assistant professor & SDSU Extension plant pathologist.

• Soybean Management for Yield and Grain Quality: Péter Kovács, SDSU assistant professor, ag cropping systems.

• Rye Cover Crop and Tile Drainage: Peter Sexton, SDSU Southeast Farm supervisor/plant science.

• Annual Forages: Sara Bauder, SDSU Extension agronomy field specialist.

• Rotation and Grazing: Sandeep Kumar, SDSU plant science assistant professor, soil biophysics and management.

• Oat – Palisade: David Karki, SDSU Extension agronomy field specialist.

• Corn – N Timing: Jason Clark, SDSU Extension soil fertility specialist; Péter Kovács, SDSU assistant professor, ag cropping systems.

• Soybean Planting Date: Graig Reicks, SDSU plant science.

• Indoor Presentations will begin at 3:30 p.m.

• Marketing Trends: Jack Davis, SDSU Extension crops business management field specialist.

• Ag Weather Tools: Laura Edwards, SDSU state climatologist.

• Drainage Water Management: John McMaine, SDSU ag engineering assistant professor & SDSU Extension water management engineer.

• Root Rot of Corn: Febina Mathew, SDSU assistant professor & field crops pathologist; Paul Okello, SDSU plant science.

The field day and workshop are free of charge and everyone is encouraged to attend. For more information about the SDSU Southeast Research Farm Summer Field Day and No-Till and Interseeding Workshop, contact Ruth Stevens at 605-563-2989.

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News of the Day — 6/26/18

The South Dakota Grassland Coalition is offering a comprehensive Grassland Management School July 25 – 27 in Watertown, SD.  The purpose of this school is to help landowners and other managers learn more about grassland preparation, planting, and management.  Please click on the links below to download and print the registration form and agenda.  Feel free to share with any others who may be interested.

If you have any questions, email peter.bauman@sdstate.edu, Jan Rounds at Janice.rounds@sdstate.edu, or call the office at 605-882-5140.

Grassland Management School_Registration Form

2018 Grassland Management School Agenda

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