Agriculture

Minnesota Announces Restrictions On Using Herbicide Dicamba

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Minnesota has announced restrictions on the use of the herbicide dicamba for 2018 in response to complaints by soybean growers across the country that it harmed their crops this year. The Minnesota Department of Agriculture’s rules for the coming growing season set a June 20 cut-off date for applying the herbicide. They also prohibit applications when the…

Spink County Rancher Pays Government For False Drought Claim

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A Spink County rancher has settled with the government over a false claim for federal drought aid. Authorities say Jason Sparling, of Athol, submitted an application for a disaster payment for a loss of grazing during the summer of 2014, and received nearly $100,000. The federal Agriculture Department later determined that none of Sparling’s cattle were…

Fall Harvest In South Dakota Nearly Wrapped Up

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – The fall harvest in South Dakota is nearly wrapped up after another week of unseasonably warm weather. The federal Agriculture Department says in its weekly crop report that the sunflower harvest is 94 percent complete, the sorghum harvest is 95 percent done and the corn harvest is 97 percent complete. The state’s winter wheat crop…

Report: Keystone Pipeline Leak Likely Caused By Construction Damage

AMHERST, S.D. (AP) – A federal agency said a leak in TransCanada Corp.’s Keystone oil pipeline in South Dakota likely was caused by damage during construction in 2008. The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration issued a corrective action report Tuesday on the estimated 210,000-gallon oil spill. The report says a weight installed on the pipeline nearly a decade ago…

Minnesota, South Dakota Farmers Named To Soybean Board

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue has named farmers from Minnesota and South Dakota to the United Soybean Board. Lawrence Sukalski of Fairmont, Minnesota, and Marc Reiner of Tripp, South Dakota, are among 19 members and 3 alternates announced this week who have been appointed to serve three-year terms. The board is made up of 73 members…

Someone You Should Know: Bowdle Couple Raising Santa’s Backup Reindeer

BOWDLE. S.D. – With the holidays nearing, many are out doing last minute preparations. That may include buying presents or cooking up a big meal. For one couple in Bowdle, this means making sure their reindeer are ready, just in case they’re needed on Christmas Eve. “What we have now are mostly the girls that were born here, and they…

South Dakota County Official Questions Conflict Of Interest

YANKTON, S.D. (AP) – More than half of a southeast South Dakota county’s commissioners have asked to be investigated for possible conflicts of interest with the approval of several hog confinements. Yankton County Commissioner Ray Epp said during a meeting Tuesday that he’s aware of concerns about his connection to the South Dakota Pork Producers Council. He sits on the…

Fall Harvest In South Dakota Close To Wrapping Up

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – The fall harvest in South Dakota is close to wrapping up. The federal Agriculture Department says in its weekly crop report that the sunflower harvest is 89 percent complete, the sorghum harvest 90 percent done and the corn harvest 92 percent complete. The report says weather over the week was favorable for farmers finishing their…

Perdue Tours South Dakotas, Touts Improving Soil Health

ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) – U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue says replenishing and sustaining soil health is a priority for him. The American News reports Perdue toured the prairie pothole landscape in northeast South Dakota on Thursday. He said using soil health as a basis for federal farm payments might be a way to encourage farmers to employ more sustainable land…

US Agency Withdraws Rule Aimed At Protecting Animal Farmers

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The U.S. Department of Agriculture has killed a rule designed to protect the legal rights of farmers who raise chickens and hogs for the nation’s largest meat processors. The rule would have made it easier for farmers to sue companies they contract with over unfair or deceptive practices. It was rolled out in the final…

Fostering Growth of Women in Agriculture

South Dakota organization promotes professional development and personal down-time

They are an integral part of the operations on countless farms throughout South Dakota, yet women in farming are often an unrecognized part of the team getting things done and making business-related decisions. In an effort to promote women in farming, their role in the operations, their knowledge of industry trends, and to promote taking a little down time, South…

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…