Ducks Unlimited, partners host soil health tours

South Dakota producers offered cover crop demonstrations

DU tours to show how cover crops improve soil health.

DU tours to show how cover crops improve soil health.

Ducks Unlimited will hold demonstration tours across eastern South Dakota Nov. 1-3. The tours will feature habitat restoration, as well as soil health and cover crop demonstrations.
“We are excited for the opportunity to host events like these to discuss soil health and DU’s emerging soil health program. The program is designed to work with South Dakota producers to improve sustainable and profitable agricultural practices, while also benefiting wildlife and water quality,” says DU Agronomist Brad Schmidt.
The U.S. Natural Resources Conservation Service will also feature the Rainfall Simulator at these events, which demonstrates how land management activities can affect water infiltration and runoff from precipitation. The tours will conclude with a free lunch and extra time for questions and conversation.
The Sanborn County tour, Nov. 1, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., will feature wetland and grassland habitat restoration projects, along with soil health demonstrations that include cover crops aerially applied in September to standing soybeans.  The event will be located 6 miles south and 2 miles east of Woonsocket.

The Beadle County tour, Nov. 2, 10 a.m.- 12:30 p.m., will focus on integrating cover crops into standard cropping rotations. Current cover crops on site include 12 acres inter-seeded into growing corn in June and 200 acres aerially applied to standing corn in September.  Tour location is 5 miles west, 2 miles south, and 1 mile west of Wolsey.

The Roberts County Tour, November 3, from 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. will focus on soil health practices and integrating cover crops into standard cropping rotations. The event will be located at Kohl Farms, 4 miles north, 1 mile west, and ¾ mile south of Claire City.

Partners in the events include the Beadle Conservation District, Roberts Conservation District, Wildlife Conservation Society, NRCS, Mustang Seeds, Millborn Seeds, MJ Aviation, Wilde Air Service, and Next Level Ag, LLC
For more information, or to RSVP for a meal, contact Bruce Toay at, or 605-380-0684.