Agriculture

Drought Conditions Mostly Unchanged In South Dakota

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 80 percent of the state in some stage of drought, down from 82 percent last week.…

Farm Rescue Hauling Hay For Drought-Impacted Ranchers

HORACE, N.D. (AP) - The Farm Rescue nonprofit in the northern Plains is coming to the aid of ranchers affected by drought. The organization is transporting hay free of charge to producers in need in the Dakotas and Montana. All…

July 25-26 Rain Totals

Some impressive rainfall reports coming in from storms that rolled through our area Tuesday afternoon and overnight into Wednesday. Some very heavy rain fell across southern and eastern South Dakota. Below is a list of totals that we have received…

ASK BRANDON: Why Are Some Hailstones Spiky?

  Facebook Comment: Kristen Dunn: “I'm intrigued by the shape of the top one. Isn't hail normally round?” ______________________________ Great question! In short, the answer…

Evapotranspiration - A Fancy Word For Corn Sweat

On a hot, sunny day in the middle of the Summer have you ever stopped and noticed how muggy it feels outside? Like instead of living in the Northern Plains, you're living somewhere tropical but... there's no ocean around. So…

Hutterite Colony By Stratford Plans To Grow Swine Facility

STRATFORD, S.D. (AP) - A Hutterite colony near Stratford is planning to expand its swine operation. The American News reports that an application has been submitted to grow the animal feeding operation by 2,400 head of swine to a total…

Spring Wheat Harvest Gets Underway In Dry South Dakota

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - The spring wheat harvest has gotten underway in South Dakota as the winter wheat and oats harvests progress. The weekly crop report from the federal Agriculture Department says dry conditions in the state continue to…

Cattle Costs Suffering Due To Drought

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. --- The drought in South Dakota continues to get worse. Ninety-three percent of the state is currently in “abnormally dry” conditions, with eleven percent falling under the “extreme”…

Drought Intensifies In South Dakota Over The Past Week

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Drought that is damaging crops, pastures and hay land in South Dakota has worsened over the past week. The latest U.S. Drought Monitor map shows 72 percent of the state in some stage of drought,…

Extreme Heat Expected Through Next Week

We have seen our fair share of heat over the last week or so. Aberdeen has already seen the triple digits three times this month, which is already three times more than what we saw last year alone. For the…

Several South Dakota Hog Permits Withdrawn

YANKTON, S.D. (AP) - Seven hog facility permit applications in southeast South Dakota have been withdrawn in lieu of recent backlash. The Press & Dakotan reports the applications were submitted by Karl Schenk, Craig Johnson and Jay Cutts for concentrated…

CRP Haying Allowed In Drought-Stricken South Dakota Counties

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - The federal government is allowing emergency haying of Conservation Reserve Program acres in South Dakota counties dealing with drought. Certain CRP acres earlier were opened to grazing. Haying is now being added, starting Sunday. The latest…

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…

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…

Eyes On Water As Drought Worsens

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…

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…

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