News and Information
Current News and Events
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
Sessions each Wednesday at 2 PM Central Time, Feb. 16-April 20, 2022. Link above goes to registration page.
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.
Conservation Planning Resources
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.
Online database of plants of the United States
Foster County Conservation Services Vendor List
Other Local Information
Foster County SCD 2020 Annual Report
Fall Tree and Garden Use Agricultural Use
Hosts the Potholes and Prairies Birding Festival out of Carrington, ND. See for Birding Drives maps.
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