Elk Creek Conservation District, Extension range and livestock tour set for Sept. 15 near Sturgis
BROOKINGS, SD – The South Dakota Cooperative Extension Service, Elk Creek Conservation District, and the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service will host a range and livestock tour on Sept. 15.
The event begins at 8:45 a.m. Mountain time with registration at the Alkali Community Hall. Participants will then board a bus that will leave for the tour at 9 a.m. To reach the hall from Sturgis, drive east on U.S. Highway 34 about 3 miles, then turn right, and then immediately left onto Alkali Road past the Buffalo Chip Campground. Continue east (or straight) from where the pavement turns to gravel and drive another 3 miles. The hall is located on the south side of the road.
The tour is free but pre-registration is required before Sept. 10. To register, or for more information, call Shannon at the Elk Creek Conservation District at 605-347-4952, Ext. 3. The tour is open to everyone, and people who require special accommodations should call the Elk Creek Conservation District before Sept. 1 to make arrangements.
The tour will focus on a number of range and livestock topics include cooperative water systems shared among neighbors, a pasture walk with NRCS and Extension guidance, a session on range monitoring techniques, a rainfall simulation on various land covers, and an update on South Dakota State University research on yellow flower alfalfa inter-seeding.
Organizers will serve a free meal at the community hall after the tour is finished. The South Dakota Cooperative Extension Service, the NRCS, and the Elk Creek Conservation District are sponsoring the event.
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