Agriculture

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…

South Dakota US Senators Praise Perdue As Ag Secretary

Photo Courtesy of APPIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota’s U.S. senators are praising the Senate’s confirmation of former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue as agriculture secretary. Perdue has assured nervous farm-state senators that he’ll advocate for rural America, even as President Donald Trump’s administration has proposed deep cuts to some farm programs. Both Sen. John Thune and Sen. Mike Rounds voted…

South Dakota Farmers Report 68% Decrease in Net Income in 2016

This follows a 77 percent decrease between 2014 and 2015

MITCHELL, S.D. (AP) – Farms enrolled with the South Dakota Center for Farm and Ranch Management reported a 68 percent decrease in their net income. More than 100 farms, mostly located in eastern South Dakota, are part of the program run by Mitchell Technical Institute. Statistics from the center show the average net income decreased to $13,308 last year, down…

Planting Of Spring Wheat, Oats Halfway Done In South Dakota

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Spring planting has progressed in South Dakota over the past week, despite snow, sleet and freezing rain in some areas. The weekly crop report from the federal Agriculture Department says planting of spring wheat and oats in the state is about halfway done. Barley seeding is nearly one-fifth complete. Topsoil moisture supplies statewide are rated…

Drier Start To Spring Not Dampening Farmers’ Spirits

BRIDGEWATER, S.D. – We’ve seen a mix of rain and snow today but the National Weather Service in Sioux Falls said recent months have been below normal for precipitation.  Planting season for farmers is just around the corner and some areas have seen a shortage of more than 2″ of precipitation for the year. Weather experts said the reason we haven’t…

Yankton County Commission Approves Expansion Of Hog Facility

YANKTON, S.D. (AP) – The Yankton County Commission has approved the expansion of a hog facility southeast of Lesterville, despite a number of area residents expressing concerns about the operation. The commission voted 4-1 Tuesday in favor of granting a conditional-use permit for the placement of a 2,400-head pork production barn. The Yankton Daily Press and Dakotan reports the 90-minute…