PIERRE, SD- Brian Johnson of Frankfort, South Dakota was elected to the SD Soil Health Coalition (SDSHC) board of directors, during the annual meeting of membership held January 16th, 2020. Johnson will be taking the place of previous board member Jason Kontz, who along with his wife Morgan and their four children grow corn, soybeans and operate a deep pit finishing barn. Kontz was presented with a commemorative shovel and lifetime membership in appreciation for his family’s service and contributions to…..
Handing large containers of water to two students, Mark Misar asks them to begin pouring water over two, loaf-size soil samples. One sample he collected from a no-till soybean field on his farm. The other sample he collected from a conventionally tilled field nearby.
As the water runs onto the soil samples and drains into clear containers below, the class sees…….
Grazing to maintain the health of native grasses is an important strategy for ranchers in South Dakota, and for Charlie Totton, learning how to manage his grasslands has been a key tool which has allowed him to improve the health of his soil and operation as a whole. Totton ranches in Brule County with his wife Tanya. Their seed stock/cow calf operation is located 8 miles north of Chamberlain, SD. They’ve been ranching there since the fall of 1997…..
SOUTH DAKOTA SOIL HEALTH COALITION (SDSHC), Pierre, S.D. February 25, 2019- Winners of both the annual “Friend of Soil Health” and first ever “Legacy Award” were announced at the 2019 South Dakota Soil Health Coalition (SDSHC) soil health conference and annual meeting. The “Friend of Soil Health” award was created to recognize those who have made a substantial and lasting impact in the areas of soil health education and…….
SOUTH DAKOTA SOIL HEALTH COALITION (SDSHC), Pierre, S.D. July 5, 2018-Momentum for the soil health movement in the state of South Dakota has been increasing at an extremely encouraging rate this year. Over sixteen different events have already been held throughout the state with….
SOUTH DAKOTA SOIL HEALTH COALITION (SDSHC), Pierre, S.D. May 17, 2018- A Soil Health Road Show has been scheduled for June 12-13, with events being held in four different locations throughout central and eastern South Dakota. Each event will feature nationally recognized soil health speaker Ray Archuleta as well as additional soil health specialists from the state and region. Archuleta is a farmer from Seymour, MO who teaches…..
SOUTH DAKOTA SOIL HEALTH COALITION (SDSHC), Pierre, S.D. August 21, 2018-Soil Health Technicians are needed to assist with providing direct services to the public throughout South Dakota, promoting improved soil health. The Soil Health Technician will directly promote, provide and develop services that will support……
SOUTH DAKOTA SOIL HEALTH COALITION (SDSHC), Pierre, S.D. January 24, 2018-The South Dakota Soil Health Coalition (SDSHC) awarded its first ever South Dakota “Friend of Soil Health” award at their second Annual Meeting held January 17, 2018. The recipient was retired Soil Health Specialist Jeff Hemenway who was honored for his decades long work advocating for improvements in soil health and soil health management throughout the state of South Dakota. As the key organizer of the SDSHC’s first Soil Health School he established a means for a holistic learning experience that has proven to make a real impact on all those who take part. Hemenway’s soil health message has convinced….
“Tillage in soil is like if a tornado went through the heart of Sioux Falls.”
That’s how Roscoe, South Dakota, farmer Dennis Hoyle describes the practice of churning soil to prepare fields for planting. Houses may remain in the aftermath of a tornado, but some are uninhabitable, and some are completely destroyed.
“Whoever survives that is going to have to start over,” Hoyle said.
Likewise, the soil is home to a busy community of microbes. Pulling a tiller through even once disrupts…..
Salem producer helps to initiate effort involving both the South Dakota Soil Health Coalition and Avera Health.
As the summer weather throughout South Dakota really begins to shine, it is important for farmers, ranchers, gardeners, and the general public to examine how to protect not only their own health but the health of the soils around them. Soils are alive, home to a multitude of biological organisms and processes that, similar to the surface of our own body,…..
Brothers, Gene and Craig say as far back as they can document, the Stehly family has farmed. “In fact, we have the deed for the quarter our great-great-grandfather homesteaded in South Dakota, signed by Grover Cleveland in 1865,” Gene explains.
However, when the men reflect on their farming practices….
For those who know her as the Garden Lady, it may come as a surprise to learn Donna Adrian didn’t always enjoy gardening. In fact, “chore” is the nicest word she used to use, to describe the task.
“My parents always had a big garden, so I grew up gardening. It was a lot of hard work hoeing the hard ground to get rid of weeds,” she explains. When it came time for her to plant her own garden, Adrian began looking for easier methods…..
SOUTH DAKOTA SOIL HEALTH COALITION (SDSHC), Pierre, S.D. January 31, 2019- The South Dakota Soil Health Coalition hosted their third annual Soil Health Conference January 22-23, 2019 on the campus of South Dakota State University in Brookings. Attendees traveled from throughout the upper Midwest to learn about opportunities to improve soil health. Industry leaders including Keith Berns, Dr. Allen Williams, and Dr. Dwayne Beck shared powerful, engaging presentations that…..
SOUTH DAKOTA SOIL HEALTH COALITION (SDSHC), Pierre, S.D. February 26, 2018-The South Dakota Soil Health Coalition (SDSHC) is pleased to announce the appointment of three new members to serve on the organizations governing board. Jason Kontz of Colman, SD, will fill the vacant seat of previous board member Al Miron who sadly passed away in November of 2017. Shawn Freeland of Caputa, SD and Mike Beer of Keldron, SD will fill…….
SOUTH DAKOTA SOIL HEALTH COALITION ANNOUNCES ANNUAL MEETING TO BE HELD IN WATERTOWN JANUARY 17, 2018
SOUTH DAKOTA SOIL HEALTH COALITION (SDSHC), Pierre, S.D. December 1,2017-The South Dakota Soil Health Coalition (SDSHC) will be hosting their annual meeting at the Lake Area Technical Institute,1201 Arrow Ave. N.E., Watertown, January 17, 2018. Registration will begin at 9:00 a.m. with the full program to begin at 9:30 a.m. Speakers for this year’s event include David Brandt Ohio soil health pioneer, Allen Williams cover crop and livestock integration expert and Joe Breker North Dakota soil health advocate….
SOUTH DAKOTA SOIL HEALTH COALITION WILL HOST JOE BREKER, DAVID BRANDT, AND ALLEN WILLIAMS AT JANUARY ANNUAL MEETING
SOUTH DAKOTA SOIL HEALTH COALITION (SDSHC), Pierre, S.D. December 19, 2017-The South Dakota Soil Health Coalition (SDSHC) will be hosting three regionally recognized speakers at their annual meeting January 17, 2018.
Joe Breker and his wife Patty farm 2500 acres in Sargent County, North Dakota on which they raise corn, soybeans, cereal grains as well as an ever-changing variety of specialty crops. The Breker Farm was the recipient of…..
Survey Results: South Dakota Soil Health Farmers and Ranchers More Optimistic, Less Stressed Than Conventional Farmers
PIERRE, SD-By any measure, 2019 was a stressful year for South Dakota farmers and ranchers. But a new poll suggests that a significantly higher percentage of producers who are using soil health-improving practices on their operations experienced less stress, are more satisfied with farming and/or ranching and are more optimistic about their futures than their conventional peers. The poll suggests soil health farmers and ranchers are having more fun, too.
Conducted by South Dakota State University, in partnership with the South Dakota Soil Health Coalition, and supported by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, the survey queried both conventional-practice producers and soil health-practice producers to…..
PIERRE, SD- The South Dakota Soil Health Coalition (SDSHC) announced the recipients of its 2020 “Legacy Award”, in Watertown, at the fourth annual Soil Health Conference. Kurt and Kathy Stiefvater of Salem, SD were presented the award because of the commitment their family has made to practicing soil health management and stewardship on their farm. The Stiefvater’s actively advocate for agriculture and improving soil health through numerous organizations in their local community and across the state. They have shared their knowledge regarding practices such as no-till, cover crops,livestock integration and much more, greatly impacting those they meet. Additionally….
Learn How Soil Health Can Decrease Need for Costly Inputs During 2020 S.D. Soil Health Coalition Conference
PIERRE, S.D. – Internationally acclaimed Australian soil health expert, Dr. Christine Jones shares how by increasing soil health, farmers can decrease the need for costly inputs during the fourth annual S.D. Soil Health Coalition Conference (SDSHC) held January 15-16, 2020 in Watertown, S.D. at the Ramkota Hotel and Watertown Event Center (1901 9th Ave. SW)…..
SOUTH DAKOTA SOIL HEALTH COALITION (SDSHC), Pierre, S.D. May 17, 2019- SDSHC has officially released a new online portal and accompanying educational resources, created to connect livestock producers and those with available cropland or forage to graze. Integrating livestock onto cropland and proper grassland management are both key steps in increasing overall soil health. The website https://sdgrazingexchange.com is a completely free, publicly accessible map, developed through a grant agreement with the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service. The site offers a platform for producers to connect throughout the state of South Dakota and……
SOUTH DAKOTA SOIL HEALTH COALITION (SDSHC), Pierre, S.D. June 1, 2019- A recent on-line poll of South Dakota agricultural students and instructors revealed that interest and awareness of the topic of soil health and regenerative agricultural is strong. The poll was conducted by the SDSHC during the fall of 2018 as part of a Conservation Collaboration Grant from the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. The goal of the survey project was to….
No-till techniques – such as crop rotation and applying herbicides with multiple modes of action are two methods for killing weeds which do not destroy the structure of the soil the way tillage does. Tillage of weeds creates dramatic disturbances to the soil, which decreases water infiltration capacity and increases the likelihood of erosion.
No-Till: Less Labor Inputs Plus A Healthier Soil
“Well established no-till typically requires less agronomic and labor inputs, with comparable or higher yields to conventional tillage,” says Sara Bauder, SDSU Extension Agronomy Field Specialist. “When we have a healthier soil………
SOUTH DAKOTA SOIL HEALTH COALITION (SDSHC), Pierre, S.D. September 21, 2018- The 2018 Soil Health School, held near Salem, SD, with hosts Kurt and Kathy Stiefvater drew a record number of students and included soil health and agricultural experts from across the state. This annual event is designed to give participants a comprehensive understanding of…..
SOUTH DAKOTA SOIL HEALTH COALITION (SDSHC), Pierre, S.D. December 7, 2018- The SDSHC is extremely pleased to announce the three speakers who will be showcased at the 2019 Soil Health Conference and Annual Meeting, January 22-23, on the campus of South Dakota State University (SDSU). Keith Berns of Green Cover Seed will speak both the evening of the 22nd as well during the main event the following day. Additional keynote speakers include Allen Williams, Livestock Management and Agricultural Consultant, and Dwayne Beck, Research Manager at Dakota Lakes Research Farm. All three of these speakers are well known for their many contributions to…..
SOUTH DAKOTA SOIL HEALTH COALITION (SDSHC), Pierre, S.D. June 26, 2018- Two free educational events on managing wet weather and improving soil health and profitability by no-tilling and inter seeding cover crops with corn, soybeans, and wheat will be held on Tuesday, July 10, and Wednesday, July 11, in eastern South Dakota.
The event on July 10 will run from 8:15 AM through 1 PM at….
SOUTH DAKOTA SOIL HEALTH COALITION (SDSHC), Pierre, S.D. December 4, 2017-The South Dakota Soil Health Coalition (SDSHC) has recently hired Sarah Fitzgerald as Communications Coordinator to assist in promoting soil health best management practices across the state. Originally from Illinois, Fitzgerald attended Augustana College, in Rock Island, where she majored in Biology, Environmental Studies and Geography. Her work background includes….
SOUTH DAKOTA SOIL HEALTH COALITION (SDSHC), Pierre, S.D. June 29, 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!……