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.

Small Scale/Urban Agriculture

SDSHC offers these resources to help you improve the soil in your garden, yard, or small scale agricultural operation!

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.

West River Soil Health School Registration Open!

In 2024, the South Dakota Soil Health Coalition will host an additional Soil Health School in west of the Missouri River! The 2024 West River Soil Health School with be held June 26-27 near Caputa, SD! This school will focus on issues specific to the land, climate, and ag production systems of wester South Dakota. Class size is limited, so early registration is strongly encouraged!

News & Events

Coalition plans additional Soil Health School for West River

Coalition plans additional Soil Health School for West River

By Stan Wise PIERRE, SD – Since 2016, the South Dakota Soil Health Coalition has held an annual Soil Health School to offer an intensive educational experience that combines classroom instruction with hands-on field exercises. However, those schools have been held...

Grazing livestock on cropland pays off

Grazing livestock on cropland pays off

By Stan Wise PIERRE, SD – The core idea behind the regenerative agriculture movement is a simple one: Mimic nature. What did farmland look like before it was farmed, and how can producers make their operations look more like that picture? This concept lies at the...

Farmer reaps higher yields by interseeding soybeans

Farmer reaps higher yields by interseeding soybeans

By Stan Wise Alex Frasier has spent a lot of time studying what it takes to grow a successful crop. After studying ag production and precision technology at Lake Area Technical College, he has worked in ag retail and currently works as an agronomist in Aberdeen, SD....