Agriculture

Minnesota Puts Groundwater Protection Rule into Place

MINNESOTA – Minnesota’s new groundwater protection rule is now in place, designed to help keep nitrates out of drinking water and groundwater. The rules are part of the state’s overall nitrogen fertilizer management plan. Nitrate is one of the most common contaminants and elevated levels can cause health concerns. The state ag department will restrict the application of nitrogen fertilizer…

Representative Johnson’s FEEDD Act Proposes Prevent Plant Date Move

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Representative Dusty Johnson went to bat for South Dakota farmers on the House floor on Wednesday. Representative Johnson spoke on the House floor to highlight producer’s need to move the Prevent Plant date from November 1st to September 1st. Prevent Plant insurance comes into effect when conditions are so bad that farmers are unable to plant…

Rain Leaves Veggie Farmers Struggling With No Aid In Sight

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Torrential rain this spring prevented most Midwest farmers from planting their crops but while the federal government provides help to growers of corn and soybeans, those who grow specialty crops are largely on their own. Although the lack of federal safety net programs for farmers who grow everything from arugula to zucchini isn’t new, one…

Why Knowing Where Your Food Comes From Is Important

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Eating local, and knowing exactly where your food is coming from, is something we’re seeing more often. 68% of global consumers prefer locally branded vegetables, according to statista.com. For the 12th year in a row, you have the opportunity to see where your produce comes from first hand in the Sioux Empire. ‘Breakfast on The Farm’…

USDA: Weather Delay Cuts Corn Crop to Smallest in 4 Years

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The U.S. Department of Agriculture has lowered its estimate of this year’s corn crop to the lowest in four years, saying wet weather has delayed planting and reduced acres planted and the expected per-acre yield. The expected production was cut in a monthly report released Tuesday by 1.4 billion bushels to 13.7 billion bushels, the…

Strawbale Winery Celebrating Dairy In SD

RENNER, S.D. – You don’t ever need an excuse to eat ice cream and cheese, but Strawbale Winery is giving you one anyway. The Winery is hosting its inaugural ‘Great Plains Cheese and Ice Cream Festival’ on Saturday. The festival will feature 7 vendors, kids play areas, and live music. KDLT News previewed what you can expect, and the non-profit…

Rep. Johnson Speaks with Area Farmers, Stresses Crop Insurance Flexibility

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Congressman Dusty Johnson is in South Dakota talking with farmers about the rough planting season. Johnson spoke with Ag producers in Parker Friday. The congressman says what he’s hearing from a lot of South Dakota farmers is a need for flexibility with crop insurance programs. Johnson says the over-saturated planting season is taking a toll on…

Trump Administration Approves Year-Round E-15 Sales

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The Trump administration is following through on a plan to allow year-round sales of gasoline mixed with 15% ethanol. The Environmental Protection Agency announced the change Friday, ending a summertime ban imposed out of concerns for increased smog from the high ethanol blend. The change also fulfills a pledge the president made to U.S. corn farmers,…

Year-Round Sales of Gasoline Mixed With 15% Ethanol OK’d

OMAHA, Neb. – The Trump administration is following through on a plan to allow year-round sales of gasoline mixed with 15% ethanol. The Environmental Protection Agency announced the change Friday, ending a summertime ban imposed out of concerns for increased smog from the higher ethanol blend. The agency had proposed the change in March. The change also fulfills a pledge…

South Dakota Corn Planting Continues to Lag

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Corn planting in South Dakota continues to lag at the start of the season. According to the latest weekly federal crop report, corn planting in South Dakota was 25 percent complete as of Sunday. That’s well behind the pace of 87 percent at this time last year and 90 percent for the five-year average. Corn…

Elevators Feeling Effects Of Planting Season

HARTFORD, SD- During this time of year, farmers are usually in the middle of planting season.  Part of this process includes being able to sell crops to elevators. “It’s getting tough on everybody because you need something in the ground to continue farming,” says Matthew Semmler of Valley Central Co-op. Some elevators hold crops, like grain, to grind it into feed…

South Dakota Delegation Urges USDA for Ag Relief During Trade Talks

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – South Dakota’s congressional delegation is calling on USDA Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue to provide short-term economic relief to US agriculture producers, as trade talks continue. Senators Thune, Rounds and Representative Johnson penned a joint letter to Secretary Perdue on Thursday. In the letter, they ask for protection and aid for producers during what they call a…

Escalating Trade War Causing Anxiety in America’s Heartland

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – The escalating trade war between the U.S. and China is causing anxiety among rural farmers and bankers. Upper Midwest soybean farmer Jamie Beyer says these are days of “a little bit of panic.” Minnesota agriculture lender Kent Thiesse says most farmers were able to get financing for spring planting, but more federal aid might be needed…

US Farmers Who Sell to China Feel Pain of Beijing’s Tariffs

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – China’s announcement Monday of higher tariffs on $60 billion of American exports – retaliation for President Donald Trump’s latest penalties on Chinese goods – hit a particular nerve here in the farm belt. China’s vast consumer market has been a vital source of revenue for Americans whose livelihoods depend on farm exports. Beijing’s action wasn’t…