Educational Resources

Audio

Listen and learn while you’re on the go or in the car! Download our “Soil Health Tips”, created to cover all the topics you’ve been wanting to learn more about. Just a minute long, many include producers who share their firsthand knowledge.

Profiles in Soil Health Videos

Watch and learn from producers we visited across the state of South Dakota! Each operation showcases the unique ways they have worked to increase soil health, profitability and quality of life. Their creation was organized by the SD Soil Health Coalition through a grant agreement with USDA-NRCS South Dakota and features farmers and ranchers sharing their firsthand experiences with adopting and utilizing these practices on their operations.

Event Recordings

This page contains video recordings of events hosted by the South Dakota Soil Health Coalition, including webinars and the Soil Health Conference. These videos include presentations by presentations by soil health experts and panels of producers answering questions about how they have implemented soil health practices in their operations.

Instructional Videos

From demonstrations to how-tos, these videos were created by South Dakota Soil Health Coalition staff to demonstrate soil health concepts and provide instruction on soil health practices.

Salvaging Drought Stressed Crops

While drought-stressed crops can be utilized as forage for livestock, there are many factors to consider before harvesting. To help producers navigate through these issues, SDSU Extension and the South Dakota Soil Health Coalition released the, “Salvaging Drought Stressed Crops” video series. Every farm and ranch face its own unique challenges and this information is intended to be applied as producers see fit to their own personal situations.

Youth Soil Health Resources

With children’s books, coloring books, interactive material, and curricula, our Youth Soil Health Resources page gives you options to engage your students and children with soil health science. The earlier children are exposed to soil health information, the more liekly they are to retain it and use it.

SD Soil Health Buckets

Interested in an educational tool containing 18 different accredited lesson plans and all the necessary equipment to perform accompanying experiments and activities? Look no further, the SD Soil Health Coalition provides educational “Soil Health Buckets” and lessons to vocational agriculture classrooms, soil science classrooms and additional youth groups.

Our Amazing South Dakota 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.

2023 Soil Health Conference Registration Open!

The 2023 Soil Health Conference will be held Jan. 24-25 at the Best Western Plus Ramkota Hotel in Sioux Falls! Keynote speakers include Dr. Kris Nichols, Rick Clark, Mitchell Hora, and Roy Thompson! There will be breakout sessions, discussion panels, award presentations and more! Join us for all the fun!

News & Events

Video: 2022 Soil Health School Distinguished Researchers Panel

Video: 2022 Soil Health School Distinguished Researchers Panel

At the 2022 Soil Health School, Aug. 31- Sept. 2 in Garretson, SD, retired USDA-ARS soil scientist Dr. Don Reicosky, retired Dakota Lakes Research Farm manager Dr. Dwayne Beck, and Ward Laboratories founder Dr. Ray Ward took time to answer questions from the school...

Adding life to the soil: Experimenting with compost

Adding life to the soil: Experimenting with compost

By Stan Wise PIERRE, SD – Healthy soil requires healthy, active biology beneath the surface. This includes bacteria and fungi. While the five principles of soil health – soil cover, minimal disturbance, living roots, diversity, and livestock integration – all work to...

SDSHC Provides Scholarships to FFA Regional Land Judging Winners

SDSHC Provides Scholarships to FFA Regional Land Judging Winners

South Dakota FFA Bath (October, 2022) – The South Dakota FFA Foundation is proud to announce the recipients of four $100 scholarships for students placing first in one of the four SD Regional Land Evaluation Competitions this fall. 2022 scholarship recipients are:...