Agriculture

Senator Thune Focusing on Passing Farm Bill

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Senator John Thune says one of his priorities as the new Senate Majority Whip is passing a new farm bill. He discussed what it could take to get the legislation passed during a conference call today. Thune says on thing holding back the bill is stricter work requirements for food stamps, in a version passed by…

Late-Season Crop Harvests Progress in South Dakota

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota’s soybean harvest is nearly wrapped up, and the corn and sorghum harvests have reached about three-fourths complete. The federal Agriculture Department in its weekly crop report says 96 percent of soybeans, 75 percent of sorghum, 71 percent of corn and 55 percent of sunflowers are harvested. All are behind the average pace. Ninety-two…

High Production Costs and Low Commodity Prices Forcing Dairy Farmers Out of Business

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Agribusiness experts say high production costs and low commodity prices are forcing more dairy farmers out of business in Iowa and other states. Experts say the global flood of milk has depressed prices to about half what they were in 2014, and they still haven’t hit all-time lows. The Des Moines Register reports that Iowa…

South Dakota Soybean Production Expected to Set Record

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – The Agriculture Department is continuing to project a record soybean crop in South Dakota, but the corn crop estimate has been downsized below a record. The latest production report estimates the state’s soybean crop at 275 million bushels, a slight drop from the October forecast but still up 14 percent from last year. The corn…

Soybean Harvest in South Dakota Nearing the End

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota’s soybean harvest is nearing the end. The federal Agriculture Department in its weekly crop report says 92 percent of the crop is in the bin, slightly behind the average pace. Other late-season harvest progress reports include 45 percent for sunflowers, 59 percent for corn and 63 percent for sorghum. All are behind average….

Winter wheat planting wrapping up in South Dakota

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Winter wheat planting is wrapping up in South Dakota. The federal Agriculture Department in its weekly crop report says 95 percent of the crop was seeded and 80 percent was emerged, both near average. The crop is rated mostly in fair to good condition. Late season harvest progress reports include 16 percent for sunflowers, 33…

“People Are Hurting” – U.S. Secretary Of Agriculture Visits South Dakota

LENNOX, S.D. – Between tariffs, a challenging farm economy, and Mother Nature, Midwest farmers have seen better days. Farmers have their struggles, but mainly, they have pressing questions. The man who calls himself agriculture’s “cheerleader” may have those answers. The U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue, visited Lennox on Thursday. When South Dakota’s key commodities struggle, so do the family…

USDA Secretary Perdue Visiting South Dakota Thursday

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Purdue is returning to South Dakota this week. Perdue is scheduled to make three stops during his visit. He will tour the Poet ethanol plant, hold a roundtable in Chancellor, visit a farm, hold a town hall in Lennox, and participate in a pep rally and serve lunch at Brandon Valley intermediate…

Farmland Prices Expected To Drop In 10 States

OMAHA, Neb. – A new survey says farmland prices are expected to continue their decline in parts of 10 Plains and Western states. The latest Rural Mainstreet survey shows that on average, bank CEOs in the region estimated farmland prices declined by 4 percent over the past 12 months. They expect farmland prices to fall by another 3.2 percent over the…

One Dead, One Critically Injured In Farming Accidents

NEW ULM, Minn. (AP) – Authorities say one man was killed and another critically injured in separate farm accidents in south-central Minnesota. The Brown County Sheriff’s Office says authorities were called Wednesday afternoon to a farm accident near New Ulm. Authorities say family members found 53-year-old John Hoffmann pinned between a combine and the corn head. Hoffmann was pronounced dead…

South Dakota Farmers Still Have a Lot of Crops to Bring In

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – South Dakota farmers made little progress on the late-season harvest in the past week due to bad weather. The federal Agriculture Department in its weekly crop report says less than a full day was considered suitable for fieldwork. Harvest progress is at 5 percent for the sunflower crop, 21 percent for sorghum, 17 percent for corn…

Sanford Health Pediatric Residents Learn About Farm Safety

  SALEM, SD-   On Saturday morning, the Residents of Sanford Health learned an important lesson about farm safety because there are over 2 million farms across the United States.  According to recent studies, 45 children are injured everyday by farming equipment. “Some of the common injuries are amputations, degloving injuries, fractures, but the main one is almost mutilation,” says the…

Healthy Crops Forecast Greets Growers This National Farmer’s Day

Some positive news for the regions farmers on this National Farmer’s Day – a day meant to honor and recognize all of the hard-working farmers we have out there. National Farmer’s Day is observed each year on October 12. First, the weather is improving. Sunny skies and warmer temperatures are on the way and will remain for the foreseeable future. Second,…

South Dakota expecting record corn and soybean crops

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota farmers are expecting record corn and soybean crops. The latest estimates from the federal Agriculture Department projects the state’s corn crop at 851 million bushels, up 16 percent from last year. The soybean crop is forecast at 281 million bushels, also up 16 percent. The average yield for both crops is expected to…

South Dakota Farmers Applaud Trump’s Decision to Lift Summer Ban on E15

SALEM, S.D.-  It’s been a tough year for farmers economically. “We have a surplus and with the trade wars going on we need to find another outlet for our corn,” said Kurt Stiefvater, a Salem Farmer. However, Salem Farmer, Kurt Stiefvater is one of many farmers in South Dakota who are feeling hopeful. Especially after President Trump announced his plan…

Minnesota farmers concerned about wet weather, harvest

WORTHINGTON, Minn. (AP) – Rainy weather has put the Minnesota harvest behind schedule, making for a nerve-wracking fall for the state’s farmers. Minnesota Public Radio reports that rain can damage crops in the field by causing mold or structural problems. The wet weather has affected soybean harvest the most. Farmers like to pick the delicate crop first because the plant’s…

President Expected to Lift Ban on Year-Round Sales of E-15

WASHINGTON – The Trump administration is moving to allow year-round sales of gasoline with higher blends of ethanol, a boon for Iowa and other farm states that have pushed for greater sales of the corn-based fuel. President Donald Trump is expected to announce he is lifting a federal ban on summer sales of high-ethanol blends during a trip to Iowa…