Up to 5 inches of moisture over the past week has helped replenish soil moisture across South Dakota.
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture says burn permits within the Black Hills Forest Fire Protection District will not be issued until Nov. 1.
“Since it’s my last year I think I can do a little something before I leave.”An eight grader at George McGovern Middle School, Celeste Cochrane is excited for these future gardens.”It’s going to bring the community together and introduce teamwork to the incoming 5th graders,” she explained.Ground Works, a non-profit organization, has brought gardens to communities like Dell Rapids and Lennox. Now George McGovern has their own garden that will do more than grow fruits and vegetables.”If you’ve got a student that doesn’t necessarily understand perimeter or diameter, what better way than turning around and bringing them out to the beds where you can talk about square foot gardening,” said Associate Director of Ground Works – Midwest Cindy Heidelberger Larson, “You can talk about all aspects of the life sciences, health and wellness.”The gardens will build a community but not just among the students.”This really brings the community and the school and the neighborhood and the city in which it surrounds all together,” explained Cindy Heidelberger Larson, Associate Director of Ground Works – MidwestWhile Celeste Cochrane and Tina Hawkins, the schools guidance counselor, already have their green thumbs, others are excited to get theirs.”Some of them have gardens at home, many don’t,” said Tina Hawkins, a guidence counselor at George McGovern Middle School, “So for many of them, it’ll be their first experience with getting their hands in the dirt and growing something and knowing that feeling that comes from planting a seed, watching it grow and eating what comes of it.”Soon there will be plenty of “thyme” to grow, hopefully with no weeds.
A training program this summer in central South Dakota aims to help women in agriculture better understand farm and ranch management and also network with each other.
The South Dakota State University Extension is offering a series of courses aimed at helping women in agriculture.
Even with recent rain, some places are nearly 4 or 5 inches below normal for precipitation, making April the driest on record for some. Though dry conditions are good to start the growing season, farmers are concerned about the lack of moisture.
Another week of dry weather is putting even more stress on soil moisture in South Dakota.
Several South Dakota towns had one of the driest Aprils on record.
A 14-generation German farmer has found some vintage agriculture implements in salvage yards and shelterbelts across South Dakota that he’s now taking to his home country.
With the weather warming, local fruits and vegetables are also in season. Saturday was the first day of the 2015 Falls Park Farmer’s Market.
Soil moisture continues to be a concern in South Dakota as farmers work to get their crops in the ground.
Ranchers in southwestern South Dakota are voicing concern over an ownership change of badlands and grasslands in a proposed swap.
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Forest Service are hosting three mountain pine beetle spraying workshops in the Black Hills over the next few weeks.
The dry weather will likely help South Dakota farmers get a jump on spring corn planting.
Bird flu has hit a chicken farm for the first time as outbreaks spread across Minnesota, an egg-laying operation east of Moorhead in Clay County.
South Dakota & Iowa leaders discuss prevention tactics
Concern over the largest bird flu outbreak in U.S. poultry history continues to grow.
Federal officials say they’re taking steps to create a human vaccine for the bird flu virus that’s affected the Midwest poultry industry, though they still consider the danger to be low.
3.8 million Chickens at a northwest Iowa farm are being killed after testing positive for the highly infected and deadly bird flu. The avian flu crisis continues for poultry producers throughout the Midwest and here in South Dakota.
Dry conditions across South Dakota over the past week have enabled farmers to start planting corn, but the lack of rain is hurting soil moisture.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture says the bird flu virus has been found at a farm holding nearly 10 percent of Iowa’s egg-laying chickens.