South Dakota Soil

On DU TV this week, co-host Doug Larsen hunts South Dakota and learns about DU's soil health initiatives in the region

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – August 4, 2021 – This week Ducks Unlimited Television (DU TV) takes you to the Prairie Pothole Region of South Dakota, a top conservation priority for DU and home to a plethora of waterfowl and other wildlife.

In this episode, DU TV co-host Doug Larsen joins DU staff members and donors hunting ducks and geese among the prairie potholes. The group also goes after ringneck pheasants, a prime South Dakota upland species and one that also benefits from DU’s wetlands conservation work.

A big part of DU’s South Dakota efforts are related to soil health. There is a direct correlation between soil conditions and exceptional wetlands landscapes.

“A lot of people have struggled with how to manage water on this landscape,” said DU’s Manager of Conservation Programs in South Dakota Bruce Toay. “We (DU) have opened a lot of eyes by focusing on the importance of soil health and its role in wetland habitat management.”

By incorporating diversified crop rotations, reducing tillage, and incorporating cover crops, producers can improve soil structure and increase organic matter and microbial diversity in their soil. These practices benefit farmers by increasing nutrient and water availability to plants and reducing fertilizer loss. They also improve adjacent aquatic habitat by reducing runoff and wetlands sedimentation.

Also included on this episode of DU TV, shotgun expert Phil Bourjaily introduces new DU TV sponsor Tetra Hearing and their product lines on “Guns and Gear,” and DU CEO Adam Putnam discusses wildlife diversity and wetlands conservation on “Insights.”

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Ducks Unlimited Inc. is the world's largest nonprofit organization dedicated to conserving North America's continually disappearing waterfowl habitats. Established in 1937, Ducks Unlimited has conserved more than 15 million acres thanks to contributions from more than a million supporters across the continent. Guided by science and dedicated to program efficiency, DU works toward the vision of wetlands sufficient to fill the skies with waterfowl today, tomorrow and forever. For more information on our work, visit www.ducks.org.

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