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*NEW SERVICE AVAILABLE*
We now offer clipping/mowing services!
Call, stop in, or visit our ‘Other Services‘ tab.

JD rotary mower clipping weeds

NEEDS TREES OR SHRUBS? Orders will be put in during spring.
Pre-order conservation grade hand plant trees by downloading the order form under the Tree Services’ main page.

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

Rick and Shelly Ammann, winners of the 2018 Soil Conservation Award

Roberts Conservation District would like to congratulate Rick and Shelly Ammann for being the recipient of the 2018 South Dakota Soil Conservation Award. Rick and Shelly have been actively farming and ranching in Roberts County for many years with the goal of increasing productivity through active conservation efforts. By using rotational grazing, cross fencing, and creating more water facilities for their Red Angus herd, they have increased grass production, plant diversity and their livestock’s overall health. Diverse crop rotations, reduced till crop production, and their grasslands are all managed to limit soil and nutrient runoff to increase and preserve soil health.

Through the years, the Ammann’s have been active participants in NRCS conservation programs that include both Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) and Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). Through these programs, the Ammann’s have experienced increased quality in their water sources through installed rural water, a well, water pipelines, water facilities, and dugouts. Rick and Shelly have installed cross-fences for rotational grazing, better grazing distribution, and increased rangeland health. Their management practices are very successful, and they have potential for increased carrying capacity in their pastures.

For the past several years, they have planted cover crops following the small grain crop through CSP to improve soil health.  By using reduced tillage in a corn, bean, and small grain rotation with alfalfa and annual forages, they have increased both productivity and organic matter on their cropland.

State residents or groups may nominate any South Dakota farming or ranching operation for the award by submitting a nomination form 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 no later than January 1st of each calendar year.

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

 

 

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!

 
 
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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