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Now is the time to order handplant trees!

Pre-order conservation grade hand plant trees by Clicking here to download the form

SWO Grazing Association will hold a workshop on April 30th at the SWO Administration Building. Registration begins at 9am. Call Karen at 698-8220 for more information. Click here for more information

Click here for shelter-belt and snow-fence planning ideas for next spring! Schedule your planting today!

Wildflower Project at the Nicolette Tower

Wildflowers at Nicollet Tower

In 2010, a wildflower mixture was planted at the Nicolette Tower, a breathtaking scenic area located just west of Sisseton on Highway 10. Today, just one year later, 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!

The Roberts Conservation District announces David and Becky Hansen – winner of the 2013 Soil Conservation Award

The Soil Conservation Award Program was created by the South Dakota Legislature in 2008 to recognize exceptional farming and ranching practices that conserve soil and other natural resources. The Program was implemented by the State Conservation Commission.

Calvin Thompson, RCD President with David and Becky Hansen

David, Becky Hansen and his son operate a 5100 acre farming operation in southeastern Roberts County near,Wilmot, SD.  Included in their rotation is corn, soybeans, spring wheat and alfalfa.  They also run a cow/calf operation on over 2000 acres of grassland. Through the year, the Hansen’s have participated in several different conservation programs resulting in a strong conservation ethic on their farm.  Programs they currently are participating in are the Conservation Stewardship Program, The Upper Mississippi River Basin Initiative EQIP, Conservation Reserve Program and the past, the Little Minnesota River/Big Stone Lake PL-566 small watersheds program. Over two miles of cross-fence has been installed on the range land in addition to watering facilities thus resulting in good grazing management.  Minimum tillage is practiced on much of the farming operation while rotating wheat, corn, soybeans and alfalfa. Shelter belts have been planted near the headquarters to provide protection for wintering livestock and other existing windbreaks are located throughout their farming operation.

“Even though agricultural is the number one industry in South Dakota, producers are often overlooked by the general public,” said Walt Bones, Secretary of the South Dakota Department of Agriculture. “This award highlights their dedication to natural resource conservation and demonstrates that South Dakota producers are leaders when it comes to sustainable agricultural production.”

Current state residents or groups may nominate any South Dakota farming or ranching operation for the award by submitting a nomination form—(click to download) 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

UPCOMING EVENTS
Board Meeting Agenda
Board Meeting Minutes
Weather

Informational Links

Roberts CD Newsletter
FSA News
Web Soil Survey
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