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Tong Wang Talks Soil Health

Sep 11, 2020

In The Moment … September 11, 2020 Show 900 Hour 2

Do South Dakota producers have to choose between soil health and profitability? What motivates a farmer to engage in long-term soil conservation and crop rotation? We're joined today by Tong Wang, Ph.D. of the Ness School of Management and Economics for a look at the first study to assess how Northern Great Plains producers adopt farming practices aimed at improving soil health. 

4-H Programs Preparing Differently

Jul 31, 2020

In The Moment … July 31, 2020 Show 871 Hour 1

County and state fair season are just around the corner. In South Dakota, 4-H plays a big part in the festivities. With the various restrictions in place for those fairs that are moving forward, 4-H programs have had to prepare differently. Tim Tanner is the director of the South Dakota 4H program with SDSU Extension and joins us today with more.


In The Moment ... January 9, 2020 Show 730 Hour 1

The SDSU Extension Program is offering an online guide to traditional Lakota and Dakota games. The guide includes instructions for six Dakota and six Lakota games, pictures of playing-pieces, and their original names.

Jeremy Red Eagle is an apprentice learning the Dakota language at Sisseton Wahpeton College. He’s one of the project’s collaborators. He says traditional games helped Dakota people hone survival and other skills in a fun social environment.

Hunger Action Month

Sep 26, 2019

In The Moment ... September 26, 2019 Show 667 Hour 1

September is Hunger Action Month. The Sioux Falls Thrive Food Security Action Team has been combating hunger and food insecurity.

Jenn Folliard, SDSU Extension Family, and Community Health Field Specialist, discusses the team's efforts and provides an overview of food insecurity in the state.

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In The Moment ... September 11, 2019 Show 656 Hour 1

The South Dakota Farm & Ranch Stress Summit provides mental health training and suicide prevention while offering tools for counselors, agri-businesspeople, and community members on how to recognize and aid those in the ag community who are experiencing chronic stress.

The Summit takes place on September 23-25 at the Arrowwood Cedar Shore Resort & Conference Center in Oacoma. Krista Ehlert, Assistant Professor and Extension Range State Specialist with South Dakota State University, provides details.

SDSU Extension is piloting a program that encourages low-income families to buy fresh produce at local farmer’s markets. The program is called Double Up Dakota Bucks. For every dollar spent at the Lake Andes farmer’s market with an EBT card, the program adds an additional dollar up to ten dollars to spend on locally sourced fruits and veggies.

Crop Insurance Options

Jun 4, 2019

In The Moment ... June 4, 2019 Show 588 Hour 2

Wet conditions last fall, the mid-April snow, and the recent rain are keeping South Dakota farmers from getting their crops into the fields.

Jack Davis, a crops business management field specialist with South Dakota State University Extension's district office in Mitchell, discusses crop insurance and what options farmers have when the weather is on it's own schedule.

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The extreme weather systems that caused wide-spread flooding in the state are only the most recent challenge for South Dakota’s ag producers. Financial uncertainty caused by low commodity prices, trade disputes, and delayed planting can contribute to anxiety and depression symptoms. With that risk in mind, some ag bankers are taking it upon themselves to refer clients to mental health resources.

Lee Strubinger

In The Moment ... April 9, 2019 Show 552 Hour 2

Times are stressful in agriculture. The impact is wearing on South Dakota farmers, ranchers and their families.

SDSU Extension is hosting programs uniquely designed to provide healthy stress management strategies as well as support strategies when dealing with the impacts of chronic stress or working with those suffereing from chronic stress.

In the Moment ... January 22, 2019 Show 499 Hour 1

South Dakota's more than 93,250 SNAP recipients received their February 10 payment on January 20. Another payment will not arrive until March 10.

We're joined by Kimberly Wilson, Family & Community Health Field Specialist and
Prairey Walkling, SDSU Extension Family & Community Health Field Specialist.

Click here for more information on support services in your community.

Lori Walsh

Christine Wood – 4-H Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) Field Specialist. Discusses a competition where South Dakota teens applied research methods to answer real-world questions impacting our state’s number one industry of Agriculture through SDSU Extension 4-H Science of Agriculture project. This nine-month research project is designed to expose teens to the engineering process. The question the students answered was: What are the most profitable range management practices that are good for cattle production, soil/range health, and will build pheasant populations?

In The Moment ... October 18, 2017 Show 201 Hour 1

The quality of our water matters. For our health, for our environment, for our recreation, for our economy. The Eastern South Dakota Water Conference offers an opportunity for those who care to come together and work on an action plan. Today we welcome David Kringen to the program. He's a water resources field specialist for SDSU Extension.

Victoria Wicks

Our warming climate presents a challenge for gardeners as well as farmers. Weather patterns have become less predictable. As the temperatures rise, it might seem that plants from warmer zones could be planted here in South Dakota. But a horticulture specialist for SDSU Extension says not all components of climate patterns have changed, and gardeners are bound by extremes. SDPB's Victoria Wicks has this report.

Victoria Wicks

Soil in Rapid City, as well as other places in West River, can be heavy and compacted in some places. Gardeners can add amendments but have to be careful not to add herbicides that can harm their plants. A horticulture specialist for SDSU Extension gives SDPB's Victoria Wicks some tips for safe soil amendments.

To see a USDA document touting radishes as a cover crop, click here:

Victoria Wicks

Meat goats and tomatoes are the subjects of tours coming up in Custer on Thursday, Aug. 10. Participants will tour Pleasant Valley Farm and Windsong Valley Garden.

The Custer event is the third in a series of six South Dakota Specialty Producers tours.

Rhoda Burrows is a horticulture specialist for SDSU Extension.

Kealey Bultena

In The Moment... February 27, 2017 Show 038 Hour 1

We begin the hour with an update on the Paul Dean Jensen case. Jensen spent 20 years in prison, serving life without parole for a murder he committed in 1996 at the age of 14. In June, a judge reconsidered that penalty and imposed a 200 year sentence. Now Jensen is appealing the second sentence. SDPB’s Victoria Wicks has the update.

Annual Farm Show In Vermillion

Jan 5, 2017
Dakota Farm Show

Agriculture Producers from all over the region are coming to Vermillion this week to see the latest in research and technology. The 2017 farm show is going on in the Dakota Dome on the University of South Dakota campus. This is the show’s 34th year. Farmers and ranchers can inspect everything from the newest tractors to field drone services.

United States Department of Agriculture

Many small communities in South Dakota struggle to boost their economies.  A program provides rural economic development experts to four counties in the northeast part of the state. The program hopes to foster economic development by boosting coloration between neighboring towns and counties.

South Dakota Now Ranks Top 10 Hog Producers

Jul 18, 2016
South Dakota Department of Agriculture

South Dakota now ranks among the top ten hog producers in the nation.

June numbers from the Hogs and Pigs Report put out by the US Department of Agriculture shows South Dakota has over 190-thousand sows. Dr. Bob Thaler (TALLER) is the SDSU Extension Swine Specialist. He says the reason South Dakota is on the way up . . . is cost.

David Graper is a South Dakota Master Gardener Coordinator with SDSU's iGrow extension. He returns to Midday to answer viewers' questions about summer gardening, including maintaining rose bushes, grass and moss, and protecting trees against gnawing rabbits.


Leah Bauer, USDA Forest Service Northern Research Station

Emerald Ash Borers have been discovered within 100 miles of South Dakota—and a state forestry expert says it’s a matter of time before the beetles make their way into the state.  But, the expert says this is not the time to start preparing for the borers.

NOTE:  A complete interview with SDSU's Dr. John Ball follows the text.

SDSU Extension Receives Grant For Food Hub

Nov 11, 2015

SDSU Extension is launching a food hub for producers and consumers in the southeastern part of the state. Its purpose is to help local farmers sell products to restaurants, schools, and institutions. Funding for food hub project comes from a $100,000 grant from the USDA.

Dakota Midday: Aging Happy, Healthy And Wise

Oct 7, 2015

Seniors are often confronted with issues and legal questions which can be complicated and confusing.  To help answer questions in person, SDSU Extension invites senior South Dakotans to attend the October 8 "Healthy, Happy and Wise" annual conference in Salem.  With approximately 14.3% of South Dakotans age 65 and older, the state has the seventh oldest population of any state in the nation.  SDSU Extension Food Safety Field Specialist Lavonne Meyer is coordinating Thursday's event.  She joined guest host Joe Tlustos on Dakota Midday.

Grant Promotes Physical Activity at Work

Aug 2, 2015

South Dakota businesses who want to give their employees a chance to be physically active throughout the day can apply for a Steps to Wellness Grant. Funded by the Department of Health, the grant is awarded to 10 businesses across the state. Work sites then receive training to create strategies to promote physical activity in the workplace. 

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A new $5 million drainage water management research project is exploring the economic and environmental benefits, as well as costs, of on-farm water storage. The project is investigating practices that can reduce crop losses from increasing drought and can improve water quality from drained farmland.

SDSU Extension Water Management Engineer Chris Hay is among researchers from seven other Land Grant universities participating in the project funded by the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Chris Hay joined Dakota Midday and discussed the water research project.

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The total number of farms and ranches in South Dakota decreased last year by about 300 from 2013. That’s according to numbers recently released by U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.

There were 31,700 farms and ranches in the state last year. Numbers of farms and ranches with less than $100,000 in agricultural sales declined by 400 compared to 2013 while operations with more than $100,000 were up by 100.

SDSU Research Facilities Promote Learning and Service

Sep 24, 2014

When entering the Animal Disease Research and Diagnostic Laboratory, a large window gives the public a view of what happens in the lab.  Inside, researchers run tests to diagnose animals. They determine if animals have a disease, like influenza or foot and mouth disease.

Russ Daly is a veterinarian with the SDSU Extension service. He says animal owners can send in samples or the animal itself to be diagnosed. Daly says this lab completes approximately 100,000 tests each year.

Amy Varland

International demand for American pork products is growing. South Dakota pork officials say populations in countries across the globe are expanding and many incomes are increasing – and they say that combination creates opportunities for South Dakota hog farmers. 

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When farmers first arrived in Dakota Territory, they assumed the growing season was too short for corn and it was planted as a sod crop. But an agronomist writing in a 1909 report said that men who once scoffed are now buying South Dakota farms on which they expect to grow corn. That year, farmers in the state planted over two million acres of corn with a harvest of 65 million bushels.