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.
Currently Available Videos:
All footage utilized to create these short videos was originally recorded as part of two different projects organized by the SD Grassland Coalition and SD Soil Health Coalition and funded through an agreement with USDA-NRCS and the additional sponsors displayed below. These sponsors have shown their continued commitment to protecting and enhancing Our Amazing South Dakota Resources.
Grassland Stewardship Communications Project
The Grassland Stewardship Communications Project was created to communicate the importance of stewardship of South Dakota’s grassland resources and is organized by the SD Grassland Coalition. The 2018 project theme “Successful Grassland Conservationists- The People Managing Grasslands” features content from twelve different ranching operations located throughout the state. Each ranch is assigned its own month in the Grassland Planner and an accompanying video, photos and article have also been produced and will be distributed with each ranch as the subject. The video series is titled “Our Amazing Grasslands”.
SD Soil Stories and Profiles In Soil Health
The SD Soil Stories and Profiles In Soil Health videos are created to promote the use and adoption of soil health practices throughout the state of South Dakota. Their creation is organized by the SD Soil Health Coalition and features farmers sharing their first hand experiences with adopting and utilizing these practices on their operations. Accompanying articles are being created to highlight each farm operation interviewed.
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...