Sioux Falls Regional Extension Center News

Soil health meetings scheduled for Sioux Falls and Watertown in December

Sioux Falls and Watertown will be the sites of two upcoming educational forums that will focus on Soil Health. The Soil Health Events referred to as “SD’s Soil Health Challenge: Don’t Get Left in The Dust”, will take place on Dec. 9 at the SDSU Regional Center in Sioux Falls and Dec. 10 at The Codington County 4-H Complex in Watertown.

The events will feature presentations from Jodi DeJong Hughes (University of Minnesota Extension) Shannon Osborne, and Randy Anderson, USDA-ARS (Agriculture Research Service), and Dwayne Beck and Anthony Bly from SDSU. Information will cover soil organic matter, weeds, cover crops and wet soils.

Each event will also feature a panel of farmers who will share some tips on what has and what has not worked on their farms.

SDSU Extension Soils Field Specialist, Anthony Bly, who is helping to organize the meetings states “we cannot under estimate the value of our soil and the role it will play in our ability to continue to produce an abundance of food. There was a huge response to the “Soil Health Info Day” last winter in Mitchell. Therefore, we believe that people are really interested in learning more about soil health and as a result are expanding the effort this year. It is our hope that people will come to these events and find value in them”.

Both events will begin with a registration at 8:45 a.m. and will run through the day, wrapping up around 3:30 p.m. There is no cost to attend the events which include lunch. However organizers are asking for an RSVP if you plan to attend. More information can be found at and

If you plan to attend the Sioux Falls event call 605-782-3290. For the Watertown event call 605-783-3642 to RSVP. Two additional events are being planned. One in Belle Fourche on Jan. 16, and Mitchell on Feb. 13, 2014.

These meetings are being produced by The South Dakota No Till Association, the USDA-NRCS and the SDSU Extension Service. The meetings are also being strongly supported by local conservation districts, SARE-SD and private industry.

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