Agriculture

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…

Farmland Co-op Inc. to merge with Agtegra Cooperative

ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) – North Dakota-based Farmland Co-op Inc. is merging with the new Agtegra Cooperative. Farmland members voted overwhelmingly in favor of the move last week. The merger takes effect Sept. 1. Farmland has about 100 members. Agtegra CEO Chris Pearson says adding that co-op enables Agtegra to enhance its offerings. South Dakota-based Agtegra was formed by the merger…

Farms After 5 Tour Continues to Draw a Good and Curious Crowd

The free tours have been going on in the Sioux Falls area since 2010

  As South Dakotan’s grow more curious about the safety of their food and where it is grown, local farm tours have risen in popularity. The next Farms After 5 Tour bus revs up its engine this next Thursday, July 26 for those wanting to hop aboard. To learn more, check out the interview above, or click here.    

South Dakota wheat production to be up substantially

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Wheat production in South Dakota this year is expected to be up substantially over 2017. The Agriculture Department’s latest estimates put South Dakota winter wheat production at 38 million bushels, up 83 percent from last year. Both acres and average yield are expected to be up. Spring wheat production is projected to double, to 41.8…

Iowa Train Derailment Spilled Less Oil Than Previously Thought

DOON, Iowa (AP) – BNSF Railway says less oil spilled from derailed tanker cars in northwest Iowa last month than originally believed. BNSF spokesman Andy Williams says officials now believe 160,000 gallons (605,648 liters) of tar sand oil spilled from 10 of 32 tanker cars that derailed on June 22 into floodwaters of the Little Rock River near Doon. Officials…

Governor Dayton to Visit Southwestern Minnesota Communities to Assess Recent Storm and Flood Damage

Governor Dayton, Senator Smith, and Congressman Peterson will visit Lyon, Murray, and Redwood counties to assess storm damage and meet with local community members

ST. PAUL, MN – On Friday, July 6, 2018, Governor Mark Dayton. U.S. Senator Tina Smith, and U.S. Congressman Collin Peterson will visit communities in southwestern Minnesota to assess flood damage caused by recent severe weather. Visits will include the City of Slayton, the City of Walnut Grove, the City of Balaton, and surrounding communities. Governor Dayton, Senator Smith, and…

Knee-High by the 4th of July? South Dakota’s Corn Crop in Good Condition

MADISON, S.D. – The age old saying is “Knee-high by the Fourth of July.” On this Independence Day, how is South Dakota’s corn crop measuring up? “Honestly, more lately, it’s if you’re not at least waist high you’re slow,” said Justin Minnaert, who farms near Madison. “Years like this when we’ve had plenty of moisture and we’ve had a lot…

South Dakota sunflower planting close to wrapping up

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Sunflower planting in South Dakota is close to wrapping up after a week with about four days suitable for fieldwork. The federal Agriculture Department says in its weekly crop report that 87 percent of the state’s sunflower crop is seeded, near the average pace. Planting of other major crops is complete, with all crops including…

Regents could name precision ag project for Raven Industries

BROOKINGS, S.D. (AP) – Officials are set to debate naming a major new precision agriculture facility at South Dakota State University after a company that donated $5 million for the project. The South Dakota Board of Regents is scheduled Wednesday to discuss naming the facility the Raven Precision Agriculture Center to recognize the gift from Sioux Falls-based Raven Industries. State…

Anthrax Confirmed In South Dakota Cattle Herd

PIERRE – Officials say anthrax has been confirmed in South Dakota livestock for the first time year this year. State Veterinarian Dustin Oedekoven has confirmed that eight cows died out of a herd of 87 unvaccinated cattle in Clark County. The Animal Disease Research and Diagnostic Laboratory at South Dakota State University confirmed the disease from samples submitted over the…