Agriculture

North Dakota Expecting Hundreds Of Applications For Hay-Hauling Aid

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – North Dakota’s Agriculture Department is expecting hundreds of applications over the next three weeks from drought-stricken ranchers seeking money to help pay the cost of hauling in hay to maintain their herds through winter. The state Emergency Commission in late August approved $1.5 million in aid to help with hay-hauling costs, in response to the worst…

Farmers Behind On Harvest Season

LENNOX, S.D.- Farmers across the U.S. are celebrating National Farmers Day Thursday, but one thing that hasn’t been pleasant for many this year is the actual farming season. With the recent rain, corn and soybean harvests continue to fall behind last year’s numbers. “We haven’t harvested anything yet, so Thursday hopefully is our first day of harvest,” says Soybean and…

41st Hand Corn Picking Contest

FLANDREAU, SD — It was a sight for the ears at the 41st annual SD State Hand Corn Picking Contest. With only using two hands for ten minutes the contestants of all ages husked away. Even though technology has changed the game long time participant John VanLiere remembers learning to pick way back in the 30’s at 5-years-old. He reflects…

Pumpkin Festival Brings Big Crowd To Canton

CANTON, S.D. – Now that it’s fall many are flocking to area pumpkin patches. One in Canton has already seen more than 2,000 people walk through their farm. This weekend is kicking off the second annual Riverview Christmas Tree Farm Pumpkin Festival. The farm is known for growing evergreens but has been taking on another crop. Those who attend can…

Stockyards Ag Experience Celebrating 100 Years

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- A staple in the community is marking a milestone this weekend. The Stockyards Ag Experience is celebrating 100 years in Sioux Falls and they are welcoming the public to join in on the celebration. Since Friday the non-profit has been putting on activities and events to celebrate the founding of the Sioux Falls stockyards and all the impact…

Members Of 2 Large AG Co-Ops In The Dakotas Vote To Merge

ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) – Members of two agriculture co-ops in the Dakotas have decided to merge. Fifty-eight percent of North Central Farmers Elevator voters and 63 percent of Wheat Growers voters approved the merger. More than 4,100 people voted. The new cooperative is expected to begin operations next February. A new name wasn’t immediately chosen. North Central has about 2,400…

Rain Putting Damper on Harvesting Season For Farmers

SALEM, S.D.- Harvest season is approaching for farmers in the Sioux Empire, but recent rainfall is forcing some farmers to have delays in collecting their crops. September is usually the time of year when Kurt Stiefvater starts to get ready to harvest his corn and soybeans, but the heavy rain over the weekend is slowing him down by a few days….

Weekend Rainfall Brings Impressive Totals!

Some Spots Across the Sioux Empire Have Received More than Four Inches!

It has sure been a gloomy and rainy stretch the last three days and that has resulted in some impressive rainfall totals from across the Sioux Empire. Storms fired up Friday afternoon as a cold front moved through and they have not let up! Showers continue to roll out of the south even this evening and more rain is likely…

Drought In Western North Dakota Eases Significantly

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – Drought in western North Dakota has eased significantly over the past week. The latest U.S. Drought Monitor shows a reduction in extreme and exceptional drought from 19 percent to less than 4 percent, due to heavy rains. The northwestern corner of the state is the only area that remains in those categories of drought, which are…

South Dakota Farmers Union in Washington, D.C.

KDLT News Exclusive Coverage

Our coverage continues from Washington DC this week as we explore legislation that will influence Ag producers. We are talking with some of the top officials including the U.S. Agriculture Secretary. KDLT’s Jack Eble wrapped up the first full day of work in Washington, D.C. as he joined the South Dakota Farmers Union as they made their first couple stops….

At Least One Confirmed Calf Shot In Moody County

Five calves believed to be shot in Grant County in the last two weeks

FLANDREAU, S.D. – The Moody County Sheriff’s Office is encouraging farmers and ranchers to pay close attention to their cattle, after a series of calves appear to have been attacked. Sheriff Troy Wellman says they received a call Tuesday that a calf on a farm in the eastern side of the county had been shot in the back left hip,…