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Highlights: 2017 South Dakota Cropping Systems Inventory


2017 South Dakota Cropping Systems Inventory Highlights 
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2017 Percentage of Cropland Using No-Till, By County

Map of South Dakota counties, showing percentage of cropland using no-till in 2017


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Jeff Zimprich, South Dakota State Conservationist
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"No-till Matters" 

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"No-till Dominates Cropping Systems in 2017"

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Dennis Hoyle, Edmunds County Producer
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"Protect the Land"

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Lee Kopriva, Clark County Livestock and Grain Producer
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"Save the Water"

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No-till, a cropping system that protects the soil against erosion and aids in regeneration of topsoil, continued to be the dominant choice of cropping system of South Dakota producers in 2017. No-till planting acres were down one percent from the 2015 inventory, but at 45% outpace acres of mulch till by more than a 2 to1 margin and conventional tillage by nearly a three to one margin.


A number of long-time no-till users in the state credited their no-till, along with crop rotations and cover crops,
with saving their cash crops in the drought of 2017. The armor and undisturbed soil of a no-till system, along
with superior water holding capacity from healthy soils built by no-till, cover crops and crop rotations, offered
resilience in a very dry year.


NRCS employees and partners gathered information from more than 26,000 different fields across the state
in the fall of 2016 and spring of 2017 for the latest inventory. This county-level, biennial “snapshot in time”
delivers the most up to date information on crop management systems being used in South Dakota.