Agriculture

Crop Report Update

South Dakota corn and soybean crops in decent shape

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Corn and soybean crops in South Dakota are looking in decent shape as they emerge. The federal Agriculture Department says in its weekly crop report that 89 percent of the corn crop and 90 percent of the soybean crop is rated fair or good. The state’s spring wheat and winter wheat crops also are rated…

Pelleting plant targeted for Napa Junction

NAPA JUNCTION, S.D. (AP) – Developers say a new pelleting plant in Napa Junction will go a long way in helping the region solve its natural gas woes. Dakota Protein plans to build a plant north of the existing Dakota Plains Ag facility that will produce grain pellets for range cattle and feedlots. Yankton Area Progressive Growth finance officer Brian…

Trump says US farmers will be treated fairly in trade talks

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump is defending his tough trade negotiations with China, Canada and Mexico, saying that U.S. farmers have been treated “unfairly.” The president says on Twitter that by the time he finishes his trade negotiations, “that will change” and big trade barriers “will finally be broken.” Trump has imposed tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from…

Chicken Keeping 101

'Fruit Of The Coop's' Stephanie Peterson to offer chicken keeping classes

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Chickens aren’t just on the farm anymore. Friends and neighbors are sharing eggs across backyard fences in towns throughout the Sioux Empire through the popular trend of ‘chicken keeping.’ KDLT’s Simon Floss went to Stephanie Peterson’s farm in Brandon to learn more about chicken keeping, the resurgence of buying local produce, and where to take chicken…

South Dakotans Respond to Proposed $150 Billion Tariffs

DELL RAPIDS, S.D. – The trade face-off between the U.S. and China is heating up. President Trump now says he’s planning to triple the tariffs. That’s a whopping $150 billion. Bruce Burkhart is a family farmer in Dell Rapids. You can find him driving his big green tractor on a typical day’s work. However, you won’t find him sweating over these…

Iowa producers say ethanol limits would be ‘war’ on rural US

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa ethanol and biodiesel producers are warning President Donald Trump that imposing restrictions on biofuels production “would be viewed as a declaration of war on rural America.” The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association, representing refineries in the nation’s largest biofuels producing state, called on Sens. Charles Grassley and Joni Ernst on Friday to reach out to…

South Dakota Senator and Farmers Respond to Chinese Tariffs

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Chinese officials are releasing a 50-billion dollar list of American goods for possible tariff hikes. The list of 106 U.S. products includes key components to the U.S. economy, like soybeans. “They’re a big problem for American agriculture and they’re a big problem for South Dakota agriculture,” said Republican South Dakota Senator John Thune. Now, China is biting…

South Dakota ranchers say drought aid data is inaccurate

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – Some ranchers in western South Dakota say data that determines their eligibility for federal drought aid is inaccurate. The Rapid City Journal reports that local ranchers raised the issue with Republican U.S. Sen. John Thune of South Dakota during a Wednesday discussion over a federal farm bill draft. Rancher Linda Gilbert says her insurance benefits…

US soybean group calls tariffs ‘devastating’

WASHINGTON (AP) – The American Soybean Association, a lobbying group that says it represents 21,000 U.S. soybean producers, says China’s proposed 25-percent tariff on soybeans would be “devastating” to U.S. farmers. China is the largest consumer of U.S. soybeans, buying about one-third of all U.S. soybean production each year, the group says. Association President John Heisdorffer, an Iowa farmer, is…

Farming Through Prolonged Winter

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. –  When winter weather lingers around, many of us grumble. However, for farmers in our region the prolonged cold can be devastating. KDLT’s Simon Floss and Photojournalist Grant Sweeter took a trip to John Hemmers farm in Moody County for a first hand look at how the unusually long lasting cold affects their day to day operations….