Large South Dakota feedlots have more cattle than a year ago. The U.S. Agriculture Department’s National Agricultural Statistics Service says lots with capacities of 1,000 or more head contained 230,000 cattle on feed on Feb. 1. That’s up 5 percent from last year. Placements for cattle headed to slaughter during January totaled 30,000 head, down 23 percent from 2014. The ag service says it revised monthly cattle on feed estimates back to February 2013 to better align with the definition that cattle should grade select or better to be counted in the cattle on feed program. That means cows and bulls have been removed from these previous estimates and future cattle on feed estimates.
Dry Soil From Fall Causing Dry Conditions
For the last 3 months, South Dakota has been abnormally dry with some places even suffering a moderate drought. With spring quickly approaching, both climatologists and farmers aren’t worried.
A winter with little snow has left much of the Dakotas abnormally dry or in moderate drought, though a weather expert says conditions could improve in the coming months.
The US. Department of Agriculture says there were 400 fewer small operation farms and ranches in South Dakota last year.
South Dakota’s Game, Fish and Parks department will not implement a spring Canada goose reduction program this year because it hasn’t been effective in the past.
Opponents of a large egg-laying operation planned near Parker say the proposed facility would be too close to town.
Wildlife officials in South Dakota report that 26 mountain lions have been killed so far during the hunting season in the Black Hills Fire Protection District.
Industries across the country are one step closer to flying unmanned commercial drones, thanks to a proposed set of rules announced by the Federal Aviation Administration Sunday.
Congress’ Republican leadership has made it official, formally enrolling legislation to build the Keystone XL pipeline and urging President Barack Obama to sign it.
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture has federal money available to help producers enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops.
The Republican-controlled Congress has cleared a bill approving the construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline. That sets up a confrontation with President Barack Obama, who has threatened to veto the measure.
Sioux Falls students are getting a taste of what it’s like to work on a farm. Fourth graders at Harvey Dunn Elementary met Garretson farmer Peter Bakken Tuesday morning.
South Dakotans who hunt mountain lions outside of the Black Hills Fire Protection District can start using dogs next month.
Tags successfully filled within a three-week period
As a result of the Deer Management Plan, the South Dakota Game, Fish, and Parks issued 30 deer tags to the Sioux Falls Police Department. Those 30 deer tags have been successfully filled within a three-week period.
House Republican leaders say the House will vote next week on legislation to construct the Keystone XL pipeline and send it to President Barack Obama. Obama has threatened a veto.
The number of sheep and lambs in South Dakota is down from a year ago.
The state of South Dakota has found a new operator for its marina at the popular Lewis and Clark Recreation Area near Yankton.
As Congress presses the Obama administration to approve the Keystone XL pipeline, government records show oil pipeline accidents have become increasingly frequent in the U.S.
Congress Pushes For Approval Of The Pipeline.
Oil pipeline accidents have become increasingly frequent in the U.S. as Congress pushes for approval of the Keystone XL pipeline.