Agriculture

Proposed Hog Operations Spark Concern In South Dakota County

YANKTON, S.D. (AP) – Residents in southeast South Dakota are raising concerns about seven proposed hog operations that have been recommended for conditional-use permits. The Yankton Press & Dakotan reports that about 100 people attended a six-hour session Tuesday where the Yankton County Planning Commission approved all seven permit requests. The requests now head to the Yankton County Commission for…

Hot Temps, Strong Winds Exacerbate Drought In South Dakota

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Parts of South Dakota got much-needed rain over the past week, but hot temperatures and strong winds continue to exacerbate drought conditions in many areas. The weekly crop report from the federal Agriculture Department says topsoil moisture supplies statewide are rated 63 percent short or very short, and subsoil moisture is 58 percent in those…

Drought Taking Toll On Farmers

U.S. Drought Monitor: More Than 200,000 South Dakotan Living In Drought Conditions

MILLER- S.D. — The U.S. Drought Monitor says as of Thursday, more than 200,000 South Dakotans are living in drought conditions. Governor Dennis Daugaard’s State Drought Task Force has been activated. The weather earlier this year proved helpful for farmers like J.D. Wangsness in Miller. He said it was a good start for calving and getting crops planted. However, the…

South Dakota Governor Activates State Drought Task Force

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Gov. Dennis Daugaard has activated the state Drought Task Force to monitor dry conditions across South Dakota. The latest U.S. Drought Monitor map indicates that abnormally dry conditions can be found in the western, south central and eastern parts of the state, with moderate and severe drought conditions in the central, north central and extreme northeast…

Drought Monitor: Parched Conditions Expand Across Dakotas

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The U.S. Drought Monitor shows that most of the Dakotas are experiencing drought conditions that are harming farmers and cattle producers. The latest information released Thursday shows that about 87 percent of North Dakota is in drought, while just over half of South Dakota is experiencing drought conditions. Roughly 700,000 people across both states are living…

Dry Weather Stresses South Dakota Crops

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Dry weather is stressing South Dakota crops. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says mostly dry conditions prevailed in South Dakota for the week ending Sunday. Temperatures were near or above normal across the state with spotty rainfall in the west. Soil moisture ratings continued to drop, and crop conditions declined. Topsoil moisture was rated 21…

Adventures With Ahtra: Soybean Planting

VALLEY SPRINGS, S.D.- During planting season, farmers like Kevin Scott always keep one eye on the weather. He’s just finishing up planting season for his corn and soybean crops. Even when mother nature isn’t on his side, he gets a little help from GMOs and pesticides. “Our technology and the seed is so much better now, it can handle these cold…

South Dakota Farmers Dealing With Cold Temps, Dry Soil

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Farmers in South Dakota are dealing with cold weather and continued dry conditions. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says below normal temperatures continued for many areas of the state during the week ending Sunday, and patchy frost was reported in central counties as temperatures fell below freezing Wednesday morning. Soil continued to dry out as…

Organization Helping Others Through Unique Type Of Giving

$160,000 Raised For Children In Ethiopia By Harvesting Donated Land

A nonprofit organization in Sioux Falls is coming up with unique ways to raise money to help others. Kingdom Capital Fund specializes in growing and multiplying assets for the benefit of ministry work.  Their latest endeavor helped raise $160,000 for children overseas. “It was a shock. Children were living without proper food, certainly no good water.” It was ten years…

Survey: Keepers Experience Lowest Winter Honeybee Losses In More Than A Decade

More Work To Do According To Adee Honey Farms: 'We're still losing six-fold higher that what was our baseline for decades."

For nearly two decades, the Honeybee population across the nation has been on the decline. However, there is some positive buzz among beekeepers as they experienced their lowest losses this past winter in more than a decade. But as KDLT’s Jill Johnson explains, they’re not exactly celebrating. “Some people don’t like Dandelions, but I think they’re the coolest plant. The…

Crop Work Gets Stuck In The Mud

Rain and Snow Bogs Down Farming Work In May

TABOR, S.D. — The grass is greener around the Sioux Empire thanks to consistent rain throughout May. However, it’s not doing some farmers any favors. In the southeast part of South Dakota, farmers like Terry Sestak are facing delays when it comes to planting crops due to muddy conditions. Sestak said he’s been preparing his equipment to get onto his…

Cool, Wet Weather Limits Fieldwork In South Dakota

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Cool, wet weather limited fieldwork across parts of South Dakota. The weekly crop report from the federal Agriculture Department says daytime high temperatures were 15 to 20 degrees below normal for much of the state toward the end of last week. Rainfall varied statewide, and heavier rain fell in already saturated areas in the southeast,…

Ag Secretary Perdue Touts Veterans’ Programs In South Dakota

Photo Courtesy of APELLSWORTH AIR FORCE BASE, S.D. (AP) – U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue will visit South Dakota to discuss his department’s initiatives for bringing veterans into agriculture. Perdue will be joined at Ellsworth Air Force Base on Friday by U.S. Sens. John Thune and Mike Rounds and U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem. They’ll hold a listening session with veterans,…

Warm Weather Impacting Soil Moisture, Crops In South Dakota

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – A second consecutive week of warmer-than-average weather has reduced soil moisture supplies and affected crop conditions in South Dakota. The Agriculture Department says in its weekly crop report that topsoil moisture supplies statewide are rated 60 percent adequate to surplus, and subsoil moisture is 62 percent in those categories. South Dakota’s winter wheat crop is…

South Dakota Farmers, Businesses Help Ranchers Hit By Fires

CORSICA, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota farmers, ranchers and businesses are raising money to help their colleagues in Kansas and Oklahoma hurt by devastating wildfires that burned more than 1,000 square miles along the Kansas-Oklahoma border in early March. The Daily Republic reports that South Dakota farmers have been donating hay to be auctioned, with the money going to a…

Dry Weather Helps Minnesota Farmers Catch Up On Planting

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Minnesota farmers are taking advantage of good weather to catch up on their spring planting. The U.S. Department of Agriculture said Monday that 3.9 days were suitable for fieldwork across Minnesota last week, and that allowed for significant progress on planting that had been delayed by rainy weather. Minnesota’s corn crop was 35 percent planted as of…

South Dakota City Begins Big Soybean Plant Project

ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) – A northeastern South Dakota city is building a soybean processing plant expected to handle 20 percent of the region’s beans. The Aberdeen News reports that the city of Aberdeen held a groundbreaking Wednesday for the Ag Processing Inc. plant. It’s expected to employ about 50 people and will buy soybeans within a 100-mile radius of the…

South Dakota Cattle Ranchers Lose Money In 2016

KIMBALL, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota ranchers who took part in a Mitchell Technical Institute program lost an average of $100 per cow last year, after earning an average profit of $150 per cow the year before. The Daily Republic reports the institute has 100 farms enrolled in its farm and ranch management program. Lori Tonak, an instructor at the…