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Milpa Gardens Can Build Soil Health and Communities

Milpa Gardens Can Build Soil Health and Communities

By Stan Wise Sometimes a little chaos provides an opportunity for growth. That’s certainly the case with a chaos garden, also called a milpa garden. It’s a similar concept to the three sisters garden in which the three “sisters” of corn, beans and squash are planted...

Student Contests Announced for Soil Health Conference

Student Contests Announced for Soil Health Conference

The South Dakota Soil Health Coalition is excited to announce student photo and essay contests for the 2022 Soil Health Conference, Jan. 18-19 in Aberdeen, SD. The contests are open to students in middle school, high school, and post-secondary institutions. Winners...

Rancher Finds Benefits in Multi-species Grazing

Rancher Finds Benefits in Multi-species Grazing

By Stan Wise PIERRE, SD – Rick Smith didn’t set out to start a multi-species grazing operation when he took over his family’s farm southwest of Watertown, SD. With higher farm commodity prices in the 70s, he was growing more grain, but when the 1980s Farm Crisis...

FFA Regional Land Judging Winners Receive Scholarships

FFA Regional Land Judging Winners Receive Scholarships

From South Dakota FFA Foundation 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. The 2021 scholarship recipients are: Rowdy...

Our Amazing Legacy

Our Amazing Legacy

Soil health practices can make farms and ranches more productive and more profitable, but that isn't the only reason to use conservation methods. Improved soil health means improved operational resilience and sustainability, and that means it's more likely the farm or...

Video series offers tips on harvesting failed crops as forage

Video series offers tips on harvesting failed crops as forage

As South Dakota continues to see warmer than average temperatures and limited rainfall, many producers across the state are planning to harvest failed grain crops as much-needed forage for livestock. While drought-stressed crops can still be used as forage, there are...

Residue helps farmers save on water, fertilizer costs

Residue helps farmers save on water, fertilizer costs

By Janelle Atyeo For South Dakota Soil Health Coalition PIERRE, SD – What’s left behind after a cash crop can be pretty valuable if it remains in the field. South Dakota farmers see a range of benefits from crop residue – corn stalks, soybean stems and wheat straw...