Agriculture

Seized Herd Of Cattle In Spink County To Be Sold By State

REDFIELD, S.D. (AP) – A herd of 75 neglected and starving cattle seized from an Ashton man’s property will be sold by the state. Spink County Sheriff Kevin Schurch tells the American News that livestock owner Rex Spear didn’t appear for a court hearing Monday to contest the move. Authorities seized the animals late last month and charged Spear with…

Another Hot, Dry Week For South Dakota Farmers, Ranchers

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Crops continue to wither as drought bakes South Dakota. The federal Agriculture Department says hot and dry conditions persisted across South Dakota last week, with temperatures in the western part of the state averaging 4 to 10 degrees above normal. Only scattered rain fell. Topsoil moisture was nearly 80 percent short or very short. Crop…

Eyes On Water As Drought Worsens

A Little More Than Ninety Percent Of South Dakota Under Dry Conditions

KIMBALL, S.D. — More than half of South Dakota is suffering from a moderate drought. A third is in severe conditions while four percent are facing extreme dryness. As conditions continue to worsen, water becomes more essential. Aurora-Brule Rural Water is the source for several communities livelihood: Pukwana, Kimball, White Lake, Stickney, Plankinton, Gann Valley and Aurora Center. Manager Wade…

Drought Conditions Worsen Across the Area

The Latest Drought Report Shows Even Drier Conditions

Last week we took at the latest drought conditions across the state of South Dakota. Sadly, the news isn’t any better this time around. This week’s U.S. DroughtMonitor update, which was released earlier this morning, shows an increase in drought on all levels. Extreme drought, the second highest level of drought, has doubled from last week’s total. The table to…

Ways To Conserve Water During A Drought

With More Than 244 Thousand People Affected, How Can We Save Water?

Across much of the Northern Plains, especially in Montana and North Dakota, drought conditions have reached severe and even extreme levels. Starting in May, the drought conditions started to turn worse with little soaking rain falling across northern parts of the Missouri River Valley; from the 28th of May to the latest data on June 27th, the roughly 30% of…

Spink County Man Facing Felony Animal Abuse Charges

Ashton, S.D. – Authorities in Spink County have seized 75 cows and one horse that they say have been allegedly neglected and abused. 63-year-old Rex Spear is the owner of the cattle. He was arrested on a felony count of animal abuse and misdemeanor animal neglect. The livestock are currently being cared for in Brown County. Spear will appear in…

Cows On the Loose in Southwest Minnesota

Drivers asked to be alert

ROCK COUNTY, MN – Drivers in southwest Minnesota should be on the lookout for a few dozen cows on the loose. According to the Rock County Sheriff’s Office, nearly 40 black 600-pound heifers are missing.  Some of them, it’s unclear how many, were found around 9 p.m. Sunday north of Magnolia.  That’s near where they broke out of their pen…

Drought Expands Across South Dakota

This Week’s Report Shows an Increase in Severe Drought

Bad news for South Dakota Corn & Soybean farmers, especially those in central and northern parts of the state. This week’s Kubota Tractor Corporation “Precip Report” wasn’t good for as we remain at 2% for extreme drought, which was the same number last week. This mainly affects Dewey, Potter, and Walworth Rainfall Since Thursday at 12:00 AM counties, but also…

USDA Expands Emergency Grazing In North Dakota

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – The U.S. Department of Agriculture is providing additional assistance for livestock producers dealing with the ongoing drought across North Dakota. The USDA has expanded emergency grazing on land enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Program to much of the state, including those counties where drought conditions are moderate. The agency says the authorization includes any county in…

Bovine TB In Harding County Cattle Didn’t Spread To Wildlife

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) -Testing shows that bovine tuberculosis in a beef cattle herd in Harding County didn’t spread to area wildlife. The infected cattle herd was identified in February. South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks tested white-tailed deer, mule deer, pronghorn, coyotes and raccoons to determine if the respiratory disease had spread. The agency says all 199 animals tested negative….

Overnight Rain Totals

Some Spots Picked Up Several Inches of Moisture

Late last night and into early this morning we had a complex of severe storms that moved through southeastern South Dakota, northeast Nebraska, southwest Minnesota, and northwest Iowa. These storms not only brought strong winds and large hail, but also some nice drought busting rainfall. Coming into the day on Tuesday, Sioux Falls was just about three inches below normal…

Hendrix Genetics Plans Turkey Hatchery In Beresford

BERESFORD, S.D. (AP) – Hendrix Genetics has plans to build a $25 million turkey hatchery south of Sioux Falls. Hendrix estimates more than 100 temporary and permanent jobs will be created by the hatchery in Beresford. It will have the capacity for 35 million hatching eggs. Beresford is about 35 miles south of Sioux Falls and is connected to the…

Dry Conditions Continue Impacting South Dakota Farmers

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Dry conditions across South Dakota are continuing to impact farmers and ranchers. The weekly crop report from the federal Agriculture Department says condition ratings have declined slightly for all crops, and also for range and pasturelands. Topsoil moisture supplies statewide are rated 63 percent short or very short, and subsoil moisture is 60 percent in…

Emergency CRP Grazing Authorized In The Dakotas And Montana

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue has authorized emergency grazing on Conservation Reserve Program land in the Dakotas and Montana in response to drought. Perdue says that without alternative forage options, ranchers could be devastated economically. The emergency grazing is authorized to begin immediately, and extends through Sept. 30 unless conditions improve. Parts of all three states…

Thune: Drought Aid Triggered For 6 South Dakota Counties

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – U.S. Sen. John Thune says drought aid is coming to ranchers with cattle in six counties of South Dakota. Thune said Thursday the U.S. Drought Monitor indicates those counties are now categorized as being in extreme drought. That triggers three months of payments under the Livestock Forage Program to eligible producers with grazing livestock. The counties…

Showers Bring Some Relief To South Dakota Farmers

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Showers have brought some relief to South Dakota farmers, but much of the state remains dry. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says showers and thunderstorms early last week brought much-needed rainfall to parts of South Dakota. But precipitation in many areas of the state remains below normal for the year. More than half of South…

Governor Issues Drought Emergency Declaration

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Ongoing drought conditions in South Dakota have prompted Gov. Dennis Daugaard to issue an emergency declaration which eases hay and transportation restrictions. The drought has reduced grass and hay supplies. The declaration means farmers and ranchers can cut and bale highway ditches to keep their livestock fed. The South Dakota Department of Transportation has suspended…