Global Forest Watch

It seems like a simple idea: Plant a trillion trees around the world.  


It would help with the fight against climate change, because trees pull carbon dioxide – a heat-trapping greenhouse gas – out of the air.  

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.


Kealey Bultena / SDPB

Survey crews are training for a time when the emerald ash borer finds its way to South Dakota trees. The exotic insect feeds on black, green or white ash. The trees have no defense against the beetle. State, local, and federal agencies are collaborating on a practice exercise in Sioux Falls.

State forester Gregory Josten says to claim South Dakota has escaped the emerald ash borer so far isn’t necessarily true.

"We don’t know for sure that it’s not here, but we have not found it here yet," Josten says.


A weather expert says straight-lined winds of 90 to 100 miles per hour struck the southeast South Dakota town of Garretson. The water is safe, but crews are working on restoring power. Todd Heitkamp with the National Weather Service says the damage indicates strong winds moved in one direction. He says Monday morning’s storm was not a tornado. Heitkamp says winds that high are dangerous and the damage in Garretson is proof.

Strong straight-line winds tore through Garretson early Monday morning. Fire Chief JR Hofer says about 30 people are displaced after the storm.

Norm Evers On Gardening/Planting

Jun 1, 2015

Norm Evers, owner of Norm's Greenhouse and Nursery in Aurora, answered questions about gardening, planting and trees among other topics during Dakota Midday's bi-weekly segment on horticulture.

Hoffman Answers Gardening Questions

May 18, 2015

Julie Hoffman of East River Nursery in Huron joined Dakota Midday on Monday to take questions about gardening, planting and horticulture.  The segment is a bi-weekly feature of Dakota Midday from spring through autumn and includes experts from around the state.

With a forecast of temperatures in the 70s across much of South Dakota, this promises to be a good week for some fall lawn and garden work. Rick Abrahamson, horticulture instructor at Southeast Tech in Sioux Falls, joined Dakota Midday and answered listener questions about fertilizing lawns, trimming dead tree limbs, apple trees, fertilizing house plants, amaryllis and more.

Gardening Advice With Norm Evers

Oct 21, 2013

Norm Evers is Instructor Emeritus of Horticulture at South Dakota State University and the former manager of McCrory Gardens in Brookings. He’s the owner of Norm’s Greenhouse and Nursery in Aurora. Evers joins the program for Dakota Midday’s semi-regular gardening segment. 


Mary Jo Wegner Arboretum

An arboretum in southeastern South Dakota has a new space for educating people about the area’s trees. Supporters of the outdoor museum say the latest addition benefits people who want to learn about the environment.

The Mary Jo Wegner Arboretum sits on the eastern fringe of Sioux Falls. For people who aren’t particularly outdoorsy, an arboretum is basically an educational tree park.

Chuck Gullickson is president of the board of directors at the Wegner Arboretum Society. He says the location’s landscape offers a natural foundation for the tree park.

Rick Abrahamson On Gardening

Sep 3, 2013

Rick Abrahamson, horticulture instructor at Southeast Technical Institute in Sioux Falls, joined Dakota Midday for another gardening segment.  Abrahamson answered questions from listeners across the state.

Post-Storm Gardening Tips

Apr 15, 2013

Norm Evers of Norm's Greenhouse and Nursery in Aurora talked about getting lawns and gardens ready for spring.  He also discussed damage to trees during last week's ice and snow storm.

Stopping The Mountain Pine Beetle

Dec 11, 2012

Infestations of Mountain Pine Beetles have reached epidemic levels in the Black Hills.  Because the beetles only have one life cycle, the best way to stop them is to kill the next generation while they are still in the larvae stage inside of trees.  Tim Bradeen, Habitat Resource Biologist for South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks, said this method has proven to be 80 to 90 percent effective in stopping the infestation.

Fall Gardening

Oct 15, 2012

Norm Evers of Norm's Greenhouse and Nursery in Aurora joins Karl Gehrke for Dakota Midday's semi-regular gardening segment.  Today, Evers discusses fall lawn and garden work and takes questions from listeners.