Agriculture

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…

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…