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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!

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...