News and Information

Current news and information on conservation subjects as well as links to planning information.   See also the Tree Information, Soil Health, Pollinators and Landscapes, and Other Links pages.

Current News and Events

B.R.A. - Balance, Resiliency, & Authenticity

Free Virtual Series for Women from ND Grazing Lands Coalition, by Zoom at 8PM Central Time on each date

    May 5  -  The Balancing Act of Farm & Ranch Life

    May 12  -  Menu Planning:  Save Your Money and Your Mind

    May 19  - Clean Your Coop!  Making Your Homestead Back into a Home!

Click on link above to go to the registration page.


Information on Watering Trees

Foster County SCD 2021 Annual Report

NDSU Extension Farm to Fork Webinar Series

Sessions each Wednesday at 2 PM Central Time, Feb. 16-April 20, 2022.  Link above goes to registration page.

NDSU Extension Spring Fever Garden Forums  

Monday evenings at 6:30, March 21-April 11, 2022.  Information from previous years and sessions is still available at the linked site.


High Winds and Dry Weather Led to Soil Erosion Event

The dust storm on March 29-30, 2021 left drifted soil in ditches all around the area.  Foster County SCD found numerous sites with a foot or more of lost topsoil accumulated.  No-till has decreased vulnerability to wind erosion, but soybean fields including no-till sites were especially prone to blowing.  Shelterbelts are still needed, along with live roots in the soil wherever possible.  Consider planting cover crops or winter annuals.

Photos show a few of the sites in Foster County with dirt drifts 12-15" deep.

For more information, see the video "The History of Soil Erosion in North Dakota" on YouTube.

Bucket dug into soil erosion deposit
Yardstick 12 inches into soil erosion deposit
Yardstick 15 inches into soil erosion deposit
Conservation Planning Resources

Web Soil Survey

A good resource for finding out the soil type information for any given piece of land, useful as a planning tool    



The ND Agricultural Weather Network   


The online Field Office Technical Guide has primary scientific references for NRCS and contains technical information about soil, water, air, plant, and animal resources.  Searchable by state and county.

PLANTS Database

Online database of plants of the United States   


Foster County Conservation Services Vendor List

Other Local Information

Foster County SCD 2020 Annual Report

Plantskydd Product Flyers (For purchasing information, go to Products page)

      Fall Tree and Garden Use                                Agricultural Use 


Video of Using the Fabric Removal Attachment (See Rental page for rates)

Birding Drives Dakota

Hosts the Potholes and Prairies Birding Festival out of Carrington, ND.  See for Birding Drives maps.

Arrowwood National Wildlife Refuge

Located just south of Foster County


Man, despite his artistic pretensions, his sophistications and his many accomplishments, owes his existence to a 6-inch layer of topsoil and the fact that it rains.  --Anonymous