Agriculture

Perdue Tours South Dakotas, Touts Improving Soil Health

ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) - U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue says replenishing and sustaining soil health is a priority for him. The American News reports Perdue toured the prairie pothole landscape in northeast South Dakota on Thursday. He said using soil…

South Dakota Farmers Make Progress On Late-Season Harvest

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - A week of warm, dry weather has helped South Dakota farmers harvest their late-season crops, especially soybeans. The federal Agriculture Department says in its weekly crop report that the soybean harvest now is 81 percent…

Fostering Growth of Women in Agriculture

They are an integral part of the operations on countless farms throughout South Dakota, yet women in farming are often an unrecognized part of the team getting things done and…

Drought Takes Toll On Row Crop Production In South Dakota

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - The latest crop report from the federal Agriculture Department shows a drop in production of row crops in drought-plagued South Dakota. Soybean production is forecast to be down 1 percent from last year, sorghum and…

Farmers Behind On Harvest Season

LENNOX, S.D.- Farmers across the U.S. are celebrating National Farmers Day Thursday, but one thing that hasn't been pleasant for many this year is the actual farming season. With the recent rain, corn and soybean harvests continue to fall behind…

41st Hand Corn Picking Contest

FLANDREAU, SD --- It was a sight for the ears at the 41st annual SD State Hand Corn Picking Contest. With only using two hands for ten minutes the contestants…

Pumpkin Festival Brings Big Crowd To Canton

CANTON, S.D. - Now that it's fall many are flocking to area pumpkin patches. One in Canton has already seen more than 2,000 people walk through their farm. This weekend is kicking off the second annual Riverview Christmas Tree Farm…

Stockyards Ag Experience Celebrating 100 Years

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.-¬†A staple in the community is marking a milestone this weekend. The Stockyards Ag Experience is celebrating 100 years in Sioux Falls and they are welcoming the public to join in on the celebration. Since Friday the non-profit…

Production Of Small Grains Down Significantly In Dry Dakotas

FARGO, N.D. (AP) - Production of small grains crops in the Dakotas this year has been dramatically impacted by drought. Summaries released by the federal Agriculture Department show that spring wheat production is down 23 percent in North Dakota and…

Members Of 2 Large AG Co-Ops In The Dakotas Vote To Merge

ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) - Members of two agriculture co-ops in the Dakotas have decided to merge. Fifty-eight percent of North Central Farmers Elevator voters and 63 percent of Wheat Growers voters approved the merger. More than 4,100 people voted. The…

Rain Putting Damper on Harvesting Season For Farmers

SALEM, S.D.-¬†Harvest season is approaching for farmers in the Sioux Empire, but recent rainfall is forcing some farmers to have delays in collecting their crops. September is usually the time of year when Kurt Stiefvater starts to get ready to…

Soybean And Corn Harvests Get Underway In South Dakota

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - The soybean and corn harvests are underway in South Dakota, though less than half of both crops are rated in good to excellent condition after a summer of drought. The weekly crop report from the…

Weekend Rainfall Brings Impressive Totals!

It has sure been a gloomy and rainy stretch the last three days and that has resulted in some impressive rainfall totals from across the Sioux Empire. Storms fired up Friday afternoon as a cold front moved through and they…

Drought In Western North Dakota Eases Significantly

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Drought in western North Dakota has eased significantly over the past week. The latest U.S. Drought Monitor shows a reduction in extreme and exceptional drought from 19 percent to less than 4 percent, due to heavy…

Local Farmer Explains Sustainable Harvesting Methods

Hungry for Truth is an initiative from South Dakota Soybean Research and Promotion Council, the soybean checkoff organization designed to open conversations about food between South Dakotans and the farmers who grow their food.…

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