Saline and Sodic Soils have become an extensive challenge in South Dakota agriculture. For a variety of reasons this issue has become more prevalent in recent years and exacerbated by above average precipitation have resulted in salt concentrations so extreme that common crops are no longer suited to grow across large acreages. If traditional management is maintained, salt damage to cropland soils will only increase in size and intensity. A win-win solution to this issue is to address the problem areas that are an economic drain on the producers by putting the areas to alternative uses that utilize perennial vegetation. These areas will then also provide habitat for Monarch Butterflies, Honey Bees, and other wildlife species.
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By Jager Robinson, Tri-State Neighbor Reporter - The importance of pollinators in South Dakota agriculture was on full display at the Governor’s Ag Summit in Rapid City July 12. Gov. Dennis Daugaard moderated the panel on pollinators in South Dakota himself and spoke on his family’s efforts to increase the habitat for pollinators of all kinds on his family farm.