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Soil Health School offers life-changing networking opportunities

Soil Health School offers life-changing networking opportunities

By Stan Wise In 2019, Mitchell, SD, producer Mike Blaalid found like-minded producers and experts at the South Dakota Soil Health School, and meeting them helped him make some big changes in his operation. “I just had specific ideas I wanted to see what they thought...

Healthy land management can prevent dust storms

Healthy land management can prevent dust storms

By Stan Wise South Dakota Soil Health Coalition PIERRE – In the past month, dust storms have been making headlines across the western United States, including South Dakota. Blowing soil has created driving hazards due to low visibility, and accumulated wind-blown silt...

Living roots: Fighting soil compaction with biology and diversity

Living roots: Fighting soil compaction with biology and diversity

By Stan Wise As farm equipment has modernized, it has become much larger. That extra horsepower comes at a cost – and not just the one on the sticker. “Back in the day, they weren’t recommending any more than 5 tons per axle,” South Dakota State University Soils Field...

Cover crops require careful management

Cover crops require careful management

By Stan Wise With dry conditions still covering most of South Dakota, increasing water infiltration rates and water storage capacities is an important task for the state’s agricultural producers. Some of them have turned to cover crops to improve the water use...

Gov. Noem Proclaims Feb. 13-19 Soil Health Awareness Week

Gov. Noem Proclaims Feb. 13-19 Soil Health Awareness Week

South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem has proclaimed Feb. 13-19, 2022, to be Soil Health Awareness Week. Agriculture is South Dakota’s most important industry, contributing 129,753 jobs, 11.7 billon dollars in total value added, and 32.1 billion dollars in total output....

Fencing Made Easy: Grazing Corn Residue

Fencing Made Easy: Grazing Corn Residue

In this video SD Soil Health Coalition Board Member and Selby-area producer Doug Sieck explains how he easily places polywire fencing for grazing cattle in his corn residue during the winter!