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.
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.
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 School Registration Open!
The 2023 Soil Health School will be held August 28-30 on the farms of Anthony Bly and Bruce Carlson near Garretson, SD! There will be classroom sessions, field excercises, discussion panels, and opportunities to network with researchers, industry professionals, and experienced producers who can help you on your soil health journey! Class size is limited, so learn more and register today!
News & Events
Long-term research reveals advantages of diverse crop rotations
By Stan Wise PIERRE, SD – It can take time for scientists to build new knowledge of biological processes, especially when those processes play out over the course of years. Researchers with the U.S. Department of Agriculture-Agricultural Research Service North Central...
‘Park the chisel’: First step toward soil health can be simple
By Stan Wise PIERRE, SD – The benefits of improved soil health for agricultural producers and gardeners are numerous and valuable – reduced input costs, improved profitability, drought and flood resilience, reduced erosion, improved water quality, increased wildlife...
Saline Soil Management: More Money With Fewer Crop Acres
By Stan Wise PIERRE, SD – Salinity areas. Trouble spots. White deserts. Regardless of what they’re called, saline soils are a problem for South Dakota. White, salty areas where nothing grows are a common sight in fields across the state. “The amount of salinity that's...