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South Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station at SDSU

Welcome to the office of the South Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station! 

Our research mission is to find solutions to current problems, as well as opportunities for tomorrow. The new knowledge created from our research enhances the quality of life in South Dakota through the beneficial use and development of human, economic and natural resources. Our research mission is one of the cornerstones of a land grant university. In addition to enhancing the quality of life in our state, our research directly supports the teaching programs offered by the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences, the College of Education & Human Sciences the College of Natural Sciences and the educational program delivered by SDSU Extension.

Research Stations

With six field stations and more than 17,000 acres of land across the state devoted to scientific exploration, the South Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station is the largest public and privately funded research organization in the state. Since 1887, we have used science to find solutions to pressing problems and identify new opportunities for our state.

Map of the South Dakota Agriculture Experiment Station Locations

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For more information on the Agricultural Experiment Station and its research, contact us or check out SDSU's Open PRAIRIE:

SDSU Open PRAIRIE - Public Research Access Institutional Repository and Information Exchange

Open PRAIRIE is the South Dakota State University public access institutional repository (IR). The IR supports the strategic mission of the library, the institution and the university’s status as a land-grant institution. The repository allows public access to information, resources and the scholarly and creative output of the university. The repository provides permanent storage of institutional materials and a peer-reviewed publishing platform for faculty and student research.


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Varying cover crop mixture, seeding rates may improve outcomes

A precise approach to selecting and planting cover crops that considers variability within a field will produce better results for farmers, according to South Dakota State University assistant professor Ali Mirzakhani Nafchi.
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New instrument to help scientists examine molecular interactions

Understanding the interactions among DNA, proteins and other molecules will help scientists improve human and animal health and increase the sustainability of agriculture.

Compounds from soybeans may improve animal health

Antimicrobial compounds that soybean plants produce when threatened by insects, diseases and even drought may help animals stay healthy, thereby reducing the need for antibiotics.