BROOKINGS — The city of Burke has received a national grant from America Walks and Every Body Walk! Micro Grant program. Selected from more than 800 applicants across the nation, this grant will help the city of Burke, population around 600, complete its first crosswalk. The crosswalk will be located at the intersection of Seventh street and county road 23, where the City Park, assisted living and school sports complex are located.
BROOKINGS — Five South Dakotans representing Aurora, Tripp, McPherson and Minnehaha Counties were inducted into the 4-H Volunteer Hall of Fame Sept. 4, 2016 during the South Dakota State Fair. "These five individuals have all put in at least 35-plus years of service to the 4-H youth of South Dakota," said Audrey Rider, SDSU Extension 4-H Volunteer Field Specialist. "It was an honor to induct these people into the hall of fame! They are all still actively involved in the local level and are great supporters of South Dakota 4-H." Meet the Honorees Clyde Olsen
BROOKINGS — The current average cash rent to value rates of return on agricultural land in South Dakota remain very low, explained Shannon Sand, SDSU Extension livestock business management field specialist.
DRAPER—The 28th Annual Winter Wheat meeting will start at 6:30 p.m. on Aug. 25 at the Draper City Auditorium. "This meeting has been a long-serving, popular tradition for south-central South Dakota wheat producers," said Ruth Beck, SDSU Extension agronomy field specialist. Speakers will include Christopher Graham, SDSU Extension agronomist, and Emmanuel Byamukama, assistant professor & SDSU Extension plant pathologist. Presentations will include the results of the SDSU 2016 Crop Performance Wheat Trials and information on managing common diseases of wheat.
BROOKINGS — An electronics revolution has transformed traditional farming into a high-tech business. Today's farmers work with technologies like GPS navigation, automated steering and wireless communications. To stay ahead of these new technologies, farm businesses now can find help from South Dakota State University students who are enrolled in a precision agriculture program.
BROOKINGS — The I-29 Moo University Dairy Beef Tour Short Course will be on March 29 before the Central Plains Dairy Expo Welcome Reception and Concert. It will include two bus tour stops and two panel discussions. Registration is $25 per person and includes transportation and lunch. Registration is due online by March 25 at igrow.org/store or call (605) 882-5140. The Western Iowa Dairy Alliance will be covering the cost of attending for its members who register.
BROOKINGS—Recent rains caused delays in completing the wheat harvest, leading to reports of damaged wheat, particularly in the northern areas of South Dakota. If the damage levels are high enough, the wheat can be unmarketable through regular channels.
BROOKINGS—Recently there have been concerns about algae blooms on stock dams. The predominant question is "Do I need to be concerned about my livestock?" The answer is maybe, said Adele Harty, SDSU Extension cow/calf field specialist. "With the recent warmer temperatures, the conditions are right for blue-green algae blooms," she said.
BROOKINGS — This summer, South Dakota State University Extension will co-host rangeland events for youth and adults interested in learning more about South Dakota's rangelands or to improve their skills as judges, agri-professionals and stewards of the land. These events include Youth and Professional Range Camp June 3-5 at Lamphere Campground near Sturgis, and South Dakota Rangeland and Soils Days June 23 and 24 in Chamberlain. "These events provide a valuable opportunity to learn more about one of the state's most important resources, our rangelands," said Dave Ollila, SDSU Extension
BROOKINGS — Master Gardener training classes have been scheduled for 2015. "The majority of this year's training is offered online with a very flexible schedule. The training concludes with four days of required, hands-on learning. The hands-on sessions give trainees the opportunity to learn skills such as planting, pruning, plant propagation, along with plant and pest identification," said David Graper, SDSU Extension horticulture specialist and South Dakota Master Gardener Program interim coordinator. Master Gardeners work in their communities to promote and teach gardening.