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South Dakota Profiles on Soil Health - Andrew Snyder

Colette Kessler, State Public Affairs Officer (605) 220-1765 

South Dakota Profiles on Soil Health - Andrew Snyder and Family, Piedmont, SD

Photo of Andrew Synder and family, farmers in Piedmont, South Dakota

“All the different bugs of the soil that are taking it apart, that are disassembling a complex item that the cow put on the ground, and they’re taking that back into the soil for the benefit of everything else that’s growing to make the whole cycle start again.” -Andrew Snyder

Andrew Snyder ranches with his grandfather Dean, father Ken, mother Ronda, wife Tacy, brother Daniel and sister-in-law Jenna, near Piedmont, SD, nestled against the Black Hills in-between Sturgis and Rapid City. Together they run a cattle operation which includes cow-calf pairs, bred heifers, stocker cattle, as well as the cropping of a diverse range of forages and cover crops. The Snyder’s are beginning to utilize cover crops on top of no-till practices in order to grow additional forage out of season for grazing. This along with rotational grazing on forest units and native grasslands is driving a soil health system which benefits not only the cattle above ground but the wide variety of organisms that live below it.

Watch Already Released 2019 Videos

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Profiles In Soil Health: “Crop Diversity & Livestock Integration” With Jesse Hall

Profiles In Soil Health: “Preventing Wind Erosion & Capturing Moisture” With Chris Grubl

Profiles In Soil Health: “Grazing Management To Produce & Protect” With Charlie Totton

Profiles In Soil Health: “No-Till Gardening” With Donna Adrian

Profiles In Soil Health: “A Systems Approach” With Gene & Craig Stehly

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