South Dakota: 2012 Soils & Rangeland Days June 19-20 in Philip |

South Dakota: 2012 Soils & Rangeland Days June 19-20 in Philip

BROOKINGS, SD – The 8th Annual Soils Days, and 29th Annual Rangeland Days, are scheduled for June 19-20 in Philip, SD and at the South Dakota State University (SDSU) Cottonwood Research Station.

The two coinciding events provide an opportunity to learn more about two of South Dakota’s most important resources – soils and rangelands. Learning activities have been designed for a variety of age groups and expertise, from eight years old through adult.

Starting with plant morphology and identification through judging habitat suitable for cattle or grouse, everyone attending Rangeland Days is sure to gain from participating.

Divisions are determined by experience level and age as of Jan. 1: New Rangers (8-10 years old); Wranglers (11-13 years old); Scouts (14-18 years old); Go Getters (14-18 years old); and Old Rangers (adults). The Scouts division is for students who have little or no range judging experience.

After a day of active learning, participants have the opportunity to measure how much they have learned by participating in a contest, again, designed specifically for their age levels and expertise.

The adult program associated with this event will include numerous presentations where participants will learn about some of the research that has been going on at the Cottonwood Research Station including: a long-term stocking rate study, patch grazing research and high sulfate water research. There will also be some demonstrations on working with rumen fistulated cattle, rainfall simulator demonstration, and rangeland monitoring procedures.

During lunch there will be time to look at research posters of other research being done at SDSU.

The cost of Soils Days and Rangeland Days is $30 each, including meals. Pre-register by contacting the Haakon County Conservation District, PO Box 130 Philip, SD 57567. Call Jennifer Jones with the Haakon County Conservation District with any questions or to register at 605-859-2186 Ext. 3

Lodging is available in Philip, SD, at: Motel West, 605-859-2546; or the Triangle Bed & Breakfast, 605-859-2122. Lodging is available in Kadoka at Dakota Inn, 605-837-2151; America’s Best Value Inn, 605-837-2188; Leewood Motel, 605-837-2238; Ponderosa Motel & RV Park, 605-837-2362; Rodeway Inn, 605-837-2287; Budget Host Sundowner Inn, 605-837-2296; Wagon Wheel Motel, 605-837-2404; Silver Court, 605-837 2361; West Motel, 605-837-2427; or Badlands Circle 10 Campground and Motel, 605-433-5451.

Both Soil Days and Rangeland Days are hosted by: Haakon County Conservation District; Jackson County Conservation District; SDSU Extension and the Natural Resources Conservation Service.

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