Agriculture

Harvesting of corn getting underway in South Dakota

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Harvesting of corn is underway in South Dakota. The federal Agriculture Department in its weekly crop report says 2 percent of the corn crop is in the bin, along with 6 percent of soybeans. Winter wheat seeding is approaching one-third complete. Slightly more than half of the state’s topsoil and subsoil moisture supplies remain rated…

Davison County approves 2 swine finishing operations

MITCHELL, S.D. (AP) – Davison County officials have approved two separate 2,400-head swine finishing barns in the county. The Daily Republic reports that the county Board of Adjustments voted Tuesday in support of the swine finishing operations after more than 50 people showed up to discuss and debate the projects. Pipestone Systems would manage hogs at both operations. One of…

Harvesting of soybeans is underway in South Dakota

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Harvesting of soybeans is underway in South Dakota. The federal Agriculture Department in its weekly crop report says 1 percent of the soybean crop is in the bin. The report also says slightly more than one-fourth of the corn crop is now mature. Seven percent of the winter wheat crop has been seeded. Slightly more…

Record corn, soybean harvest forecast for South Dakota

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – A record corn crop is forecast for South Dakota. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, South Dakota’s 2018 corn harvest is forecast at a record high 839 million bushels, based on Sept. 1 conditions. That’s up 14 percent from last year’s production. Acreage harvested for grain is estimated at 4.85 million acres, down 5…

Farmers Face A Lot of Uncertainties Heading Into Fall Harvest Season

“Unfortunately, quite possibly, this could be the last harvest season for some folks.” That comment from former South Dakota Secretary of Agriculture, Walt Bones, in regard to the stress a growing number of farmers are experiencing heading toward harvest season. Bones talks about NAFTA, trade, what he’s hearing from fellow farmers, and his hopes for moving forward. Categories: Agriculture, KDLT…

Worrisome Weed

Aggressive weed found in North Dakota for the first time

An aggressive pigweed species weed that’s strong enough to stop combines and resist many herbicides has been found in North Dakota for the first time. The Agriculture Department says Palmer amaranth has been positively identified in a soybean field in McIntosh County, in the southeast. The aggressive pigweed species has been found in South Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa in recent years,…

South Dakota winter wheat harvest is complete

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota’s winter wheat harvest is complete, and the rest of the small grains harvest is wrapping up. The federal Agriculture Department says in its weekly crop report that 91 percent of the spring wheat is harvested, along with 96 percent of the oats. Development of the corn and soybean crops in the state remains…

Challenges Farmers Face

MITCHELL, S.D. – While the countries economy continues to grow, American farmers remain left in the dust. According to Reuters, the United States economy has grown throughout 2018 and is expected to continue to rise before the years end. However, the economy couldn’t be worse if you’re in the world of farming, agriculture, or livestock. The combination of a lack…

Report: Weak farm economy leading to fewer farm loans

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – More farm loan applications are being rejected in rural parts of 10 Plains and Western states in reaction to weak farm commodity prices and income. The latest Rural Mainstreet survey says nearly one-third of bank CEOs reported rejecting a higher percentage of farm loans, while nearly 55 percent indicated their banks had raised collateral requirements in…

Farmers Celebrate Ag Appreciation Day As Tariff Concerns Continue

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Trade tensions continue between the Trump administration and China. China retaliated today by slapping another $16 billion dollars in tariffs on American goods. The tariffs may have a domino effect here at home. It’s a beautiful sunny day in Sioux Falls. Farmers for as far as the eye can see rejoice over a warm meal and…

More cases of anthrax confirmed in South Dakota livestock

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – More cases of anthrax have been confirmed in South Dakota livestock this year. State Veterinarian Dustin Oedekoven (OH’-dih-koh-ven) has confirmed the disease was diagnosed in a group of 300 unvaccinated yearling cattle in Butte County, in western South Dakota. Butte is the fourth county where anthrax has been diagnosed in 2018, following Clark, Bon Homme and…

Pinning Down Gardens One Plant At A Time

AURORA, SD-  Jan Sanderson has been the owner and founder of “Sanderson Gardens” since 1977. “I started out like most gardeners start like trying to grow everything. I supplied some stores and farmers markets and people came,” said Sanderson. Jan grew up on the property in Aurora where his garden sits.  In fact, his father turned the home into an…

Winter Wheat Harvest Well Ahead of Average

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The pace of this year’s winter wheat harvest in South Dakota remains well ahead of the long-term average. The federal Agriculture Department says in its weekly crop report that 79 percent of the crop is in the bin, compared with 57 percent on average. The spring wheat harvest in the state is now one-third complete. That’s…

Agriculture and Drones: The Future of Family Farming

BEAVER CREEK, M.N. – The sky is no longer the limit for family farmers. PricewaterhouseCoopers estimates the market for drone-powered solutions in agriculture at more than $32 billion, but how helpful are these drones? Peter Bakken of Beaver Creek, Minnesota fondly remembers when he got a not-so-typical phone call from the farmer next door. ” had a neighbor that was…

Ag Dept. Announces $12 Billion Plan For Farmers Hurt By Tariffs

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Agriculture Department is announcing a $12 billion “short-term” plan to help U.S. farmers hurt by retaliatory tariffs. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue says the plan will help a broad number of farmers deal with the cost of “disruptive markets” as U.S. trading partners have retaliated for President Donald Trump’s tariffs on imported goods. Agriculture officials say the…