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Weathering The Storms of 2019, Results Seen This Planting Season

Weathering The Storms of 2019, Results Seen This Planting Season

Soil health practices help fields hold up in wet conditions Levi Goetz was leery rolling into the field to plant corn after a 2-inch rain, but it was already mid-May. Time was starting to run out. It turned out he had nothing to worry about. He had to steer around a...

Resiliency In The Face Of Extreme Weather, Major Stress

Resiliency In The Face Of Extreme Weather, Major Stress

Soil health producer says his way of management helps him in difficult times The record wet year in 2019 left many acres in South Dakota unsuitable for planting, but on Doug Sieck's cropland near Selby, South Dakota, he was able to plant every acre he wanted to. He...

Research Shows Farmers Can’t Rush Results

Research Shows Farmers Can’t Rush Results

Results of a three-year soil health study focusing on arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) fungi proves there is still much to learn about soil microbes. “This is the purpose of research,” explains Mike Lehman, Soil Microbiologist for the U.S. Department of...

Palmer Amaranth is an Aggressive Threat to SD Fields

Palmer Amaranth is an Aggressive Threat to SD Fields

If there’s one message Dan Forgey hopes to convey to South Dakota farmers and ranchers, it is the fact that this aggressive weed could take up residence in their fields in 2020 if they don’t take the threat seriously. “Producers can’t brush this off,” says Forgey,...

Farmer/Rancher 2019 Stress Survey Results

Farmer/Rancher 2019 Stress Survey Results

South Dakota Soil Health Farmers and Ranchers More Optimistic LESS STRESSED THAN CONVENTIONAL PRODUCERS 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...