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Tractors and loaders are an invaluable resource in the feedyard for a multitude of daily tasks. To keep operators safe while operating tractors and loaders, it’s necessary to understand how use of a front-end loader impacts the stability of a machine.

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The COVID-19 pandemic and resulting fears over the stability of the American large-scale food production industry have pushed more consumers toward locally grown and raised meats and vegetables, and so far, South Dakota producers of homegrown foods have been unable to keep up.

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They happen frequently during summer months, severe thunderstorm warnings. And it can be easy to disregard their potential to threaten our lives. However, the power of summer thunderstorms should never be underestimated.

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BROOKINGS — The Nitrate QuikTest for forages is available at various SDSU Extension locations across South Dakota. This qualitative test is designed to be used with standing forages prior to being harvested for hay. By utilizing the test, producers are better equipped to make decisions based…

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With more than 6,300 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in South Dakota, there’s a chance you may know someone who has been impacted by the disease. But there’s also a good chance you don’t. So, South Dakota Farmers Union reached out to nurses who not only know rural community members impacted by C…

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There’s nothing like making hay while the sun’s shining. And that’s what we do all summer, getting ready for the long winter that we know lies ahead. So if we are going to go through all the trouble of making hay, shouldn’t we take a little extra time to store appropriately?

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BROOKINGS — SDSU Extension will commence its seven-week virtual feedlot short course starting on July 16. The program is scheduled to run each Thursday at 12:30 p.m. CDT from July 16 through Aug. 27.

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Structures for storing manure are necessary on nearly all livestock feeding operations, providing a way to contain and even treat manure during times when manure land application isn’t feasible.

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It may appear to be like a toy, but the power found in ATVs (all terrain vehicles) can quickly turn deadly when they are misused.

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With the increase of resistance to many of the deworming products in the same family as ivermectin, there has been an increased interest in using oral deworming products instead. This class of dewormers, known as benzimidazoles, is commonly referred to as a “white wormer” because most of the…

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PIERRE — The South Dakota Departments of Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) and Transportation (DOT) want to remind individuals there are laws and rules governing when mowing right-of-way ditches can begin on the state highway system.

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HURON — South Dakota Farmers Union is asking South Dakotans to nominate a volunteer who makes a difference in their community for the Rural Dakota Pride Award. Each year, the state’s largest family farmer and rancher organization, recognizes citizens who make a positive impact in rural commu…

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BROOKINGS — The I-29 Moo University dairy consortium launched a bi-weekly podcast on May 26, aimed at informing dairy producers in the I-29 corridor and across Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska North Dakota and South Dakota.

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AMES, Iowa — Good yields begin with proper seed emergence and stand, and to help producers understand how to check for both, the crops team at Iowa State University Extension and Outreach has developed a new YouTube channel with timely updates.

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BROOKINGS — The National Pork Board has recently announced the opportunity to offer and complete Pork Quality Assurance (PQA) Plus and/or Transport Quality Assurance (TQA) certifications virtually. Certified advisors may offer virtual PQA Plus or TQA trainings virtually via webinar to facili…

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BROOKINGS — South Dakota FFA members were recognized at the 92nd South Dakota State FFA Convention for excellence in developing career-specific skills through their Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) Proficiency projects.

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LINCOLN, Neb. — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is currently accepting applications for enrollment in the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP), the nation’s largest conservation program. Applications for funding this year need to be comple…

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For cattle feeders who have cattle getting close to market, this is a scary time. We don’t know how long we will be backed up for, all we know is that it is nearly certain we won’t be able to market a sizeable number of our cattle in the near future. With this comes many questions about how …

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has started making payments through the Wildfire and Hurricane Indemnity Program — Plus (WHIP+) to agricultural producers who suffered eligible losses because excess moisture in 2018 and 2019. Signup for these causes of loss opened March 23, and prod…

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BROOKINGS — Due to office closures as a result of COVID-19, commercial pesticide applicator testing is currently unavailable at the SDSU Extension Regional Centers and county offices. There are online options available through the South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) for both commer…

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HURON — The Northern Plains Water Quality and Wildlife Program is a new funding opportunity available through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). When enrolled, producers are eligible for payment on cropped wetlands, two acres or less in size as identified on the National We…