Agriculture

Drought Conditions Worsen Across the Area

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…

Ways To Conserve Water During A Drought

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…

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…

Cows On the Loose in Southwest Minnesota

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…

Drought Expands Across South Dakota

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…

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…

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,…

Overnight Rain Totals

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…

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…

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…

Landowner Battles South Dakota Officials Over Bighorn Sheep

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - For South Dakota officials, the reintroduction of bighorn sheep in the Hell Canyon region of the southwestern Black Hills is a conservation success story. The Rapid City Journal reports the animals have been a nuisance…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Drought Conditions In South Dakota Stable Over Past Week

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Drought conditions in South Dakota haven't changed much over the past week. The latest U.S. Drought Monitor map shows about 80 percent of the state being either abnormally dry or in some stage of drought,…

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…

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…

Drought Taking Toll On Farmers

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…

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