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Wildflower Project at the Nicollet Tower

Wildflowers at Nicollet Tower

In 2010, a wildflower mixture was planted at the Nicollet Tower, a breathtaking scenic area located just west of Sisseton on Highway 10. Today, we see the beautiful result of what native wildflowers can do to enrich our prairie’s landscape.

USDA’s Blog site states “South Dakota is in the middle of the Great Plains, a vast prairie ecosystem stretching across much of North America that two hundred years ago was covered in native grasses and wildflowers.”  To read more about this project, click here.

Looking for a beautiful wildflower mix to plant? Click here!

Mike & Kenny Currence, winners of the 2017 Soil Conservation Award

Mike and Kenny have been farming together since the 1960’s and are third-generation farmers.  They have been making land improvements by their homes south of Sisseton, as well as with their brother Jeff who lives on the “home place” that had been their grandfather’s. Mike has also been making improvements to enhance his pastures.

They first put in a grass waterway about 40 years ago, picked rocks, buried rock piles, widened out a stream, and with advice from the conservation office, put in a floodplain by I-29 into CRP. In their crop rotation, they start with wheat, usually proceed to soybeans the following year, and then to corn.

Currences spray with Roundup and LV6 to prevent noxious weeds after spring wheat is harvested. They prefer to use a ground rig for this task and do touch-ups with an ATV if necessary. One week to ten days after the spraying, they plant their cover crop. Kenny and Mike strive to help every field produce its maximum productivity. They are careful when choosing the correct grasses to plant according to the soil type.

Mike rotates his pastures to help build soil health and help wildlife. To promote grass growth in pastures, Mike puts cattle in the pastures early in the season and sends them to feedlots in early August. Mike has built rock crossings to prevent soil erosion in his home pastures and installed underground lines in his hills pastures to connect rural water to the cattle’s water stations.  Rural water has no algae or other contaminants, thus it is healthier for the livestock.

Kenny and Mike are grateful to the RDC for all their help and advice. They encourage others to use RCD’s services. RCD is proud to have producers like Mike and Kenny who are good stewards of the land and are protecting it for future generations. Mike said, “We are constantly looking for ways to improve the land for themselves and future generations.”

Current state residents or groups may nominate any South Dakota farming or ranching operation for the award by submitting a nomination form — or pick up a form at any Conservation District office—to the producer’s local Conservation District.

Producers utilizing grassed waterways, terraces, crop rotations, sufficient crop residue to protect soil stability, no-till, grasslands managed for sustainable productivity, livestock management to limit soil and nutrient runoff or forest lands managed according to a forest stewardship plan to conserve soil are eligible for the award.

Nominations must be received by the Conservation District by no later than January 1 of each calendar year.

Email jodi.hook@sd.nacdnet.net or call 698-3923 with your requests

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Informational Links

Roberts CD Services and Activities
Roberts CD Newsletter
FSA News
Web Soil Survey
Tree Pest Update
Arbor Day
Lawns, Gardens & Trees
Ranch Handbook
eLearn: Urban Forestry Distance Learning

Drill Rental Services

Contact The Roberts Conservation Service in Sisseton to schedule no-till drill services. Phone 698-3923
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Mission Statement:

The Roberts Conservation District serves to encourage the preservation of our natural resources by providing educational, technical and financial resources to the landowners, residents, and visitors we serve.

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Roberts Conservation District Location

USDA Service Center
2018 E Hwy 10
Sisseton SD 57262
Service Center Office Hours:
Monday – Friday 8am – 4:30pm
Ph 698-3923

Email jodi.hook@sd.nacdnet.net