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Conference speakers: Solving ag problems begins with the soil

Conference speakers: Solving ag problems begins with the soil

By Stan Wise For fifth-generation Indiana crop and livestock producer Rick Clark, soil health and regenerative agriculture are about stewardship. “You have to be good stewards of the land,” he said. “If you think it's OK to watch your topsoil blow away in the wind,...

Student soil health essay contest open

Student soil health essay contest open

PIERRE, SD – The South Dakota Soil Health Coalition is excited to announce a student essay contest for the 2023 Soil Health Conference, Jan. 24-25 in Sioux Falls, SD. The contest is open to students in the following divisions: middle school, highs school and...

Video: 2022 Soil Health School Distinguished Researchers Panel

Video: 2022 Soil Health School Distinguished Researchers Panel

At the 2022 Soil Health School, Aug. 31- Sept. 2 in Garretson, SD, retired USDA-ARS soil scientist Dr. Don Reicosky, retired Dakota Lakes Research Farm manager Dr. Dwayne Beck, and Ward Laboratories founder Dr. Ray Ward took time to answer questions from the school...

Adding life to the soil: Experimenting with compost

Adding life to the soil: Experimenting with compost

By Stan Wise PIERRE, SD – Healthy soil requires healthy, active biology beneath the surface. This includes bacteria and fungi. While the five principles of soil health – soil cover, minimal disturbance, living roots, diversity, and livestock integration – all work to...

SDSHC Provides Scholarships to FFA Regional Land Judging Winners

SDSHC Provides Scholarships to FFA Regional Land Judging Winners

South Dakota FFA Bath (October, 2022) – 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. 2022 scholarship recipients are:...

Bale grazing: Efficient soil health improvement

Bale grazing: Efficient soil health improvement

By Stan Wise PIERRE, SD – “Last winter, I fed 450 head of cattle and did not start a tractor for 90 days.” South Dakota Soil Health Coalition Board member and Colome, SD, producer Van Mansheim doesn’t mince words when it comes to the benefits of bale grazing. “I hear...

Soil Health School: Results of residual herbicides on cover crops

Soil Health School: Results of residual herbicides on cover crops

As part of the 2022 Soil Health School, SDSU Extension Soils Field Specialist Anthony Bly and South Dakota Soil Health Coalition Soil Health Technician Austin Carlson conducted a field trial to determine the residual effects of various herbicides on common cover crop...