Agriculture

Someone You Should Know: Bowdle Couple Raising Santa’s Backup Reindeer

BOWDLE. S.D. – With the holidays nearing, many are out doing last minute preparations. That may include buying presents or cooking up a big meal. For one couple in Bowdle, this means making sure their reindeer are ready, just in case they’re needed on Christmas Eve. “What we have now are mostly the girls that were born here, and they…

South Dakota County Official Questions Conflict Of Interest

YANKTON, S.D. (AP) – More than half of a southeast South Dakota county’s commissioners have asked to be investigated for possible conflicts of interest with the approval of several hog confinements. Yankton County Commissioner Ray Epp said during a meeting Tuesday that he’s aware of concerns about his connection to the South Dakota Pork Producers Council. He sits on the…

Fall Harvest In South Dakota Close To Wrapping Up

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – The fall harvest in South Dakota is close to wrapping up. The federal Agriculture Department says in its weekly crop report that the sunflower harvest is 89 percent complete, the sorghum harvest 90 percent done and the corn harvest 92 percent complete. The report says weather over the week was favorable for farmers finishing their…

Perdue Tours South Dakotas, Touts Improving Soil Health

ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) – U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue says replenishing and sustaining soil health is a priority for him. The American News reports Perdue toured the prairie pothole landscape in northeast South Dakota on Thursday. He said using soil health as a basis for federal farm payments might be a way to encourage farmers to employ more sustainable land…

US Agency Withdraws Rule Aimed At Protecting Animal Farmers

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The U.S. Department of Agriculture has killed a rule designed to protect the legal rights of farmers who raise chickens and hogs for the nation’s largest meat processors. The rule would have made it easier for farmers to sue companies they contract with over unfair or deceptive practices. It was rolled out in the final…

Fostering Growth of Women in Agriculture

South Dakota organization promotes professional development and personal down-time

They are an integral part of the operations on countless farms throughout South Dakota, yet women in farming are often an unrecognized part of the team getting things done and making business-related decisions. In an effort to promote women in farming, their role in the operations, their knowledge of industry trends, and to promote taking a little down time, South…

North Dakota Expecting Hundreds Of Applications For Hay-Hauling Aid

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – North Dakota’s Agriculture Department is expecting hundreds of applications over the next three weeks from drought-stricken ranchers seeking money to help pay the cost of hauling in hay to maintain their herds through winter. The state Emergency Commission in late August approved $1.5 million in aid to help with hay-hauling costs, in response to the worst…

Farmers Behind On Harvest Season

LENNOX, S.D.- Farmers across the U.S. are celebrating National Farmers Day Thursday, but one thing that hasn’t been pleasant for many this year is the actual farming season. With the recent rain, corn and soybean harvests continue to fall behind last year’s numbers. “We haven’t harvested anything yet, so Thursday hopefully is our first day of harvest,” says Soybean and…

41st Hand Corn Picking Contest

FLANDREAU, SD — It was a sight for the ears at the 41st annual SD State Hand Corn Picking Contest. With only using two hands for ten minutes the contestants of all ages husked away. Even though technology has changed the game long time participant John VanLiere remembers learning to pick way back in the 30’s at 5-years-old. He reflects…

Pumpkin Festival Brings Big Crowd To Canton

CANTON, S.D. – Now that it’s fall many are flocking to area pumpkin patches. One in Canton has already seen more than 2,000 people walk through their farm. This weekend is kicking off the second annual Riverview Christmas Tree Farm Pumpkin Festival. The farm is known for growing evergreens but has been taking on another crop. Those who attend can…

Stockyards Ag Experience Celebrating 100 Years

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- A staple in the community is marking a milestone this weekend. The Stockyards Ag Experience is celebrating 100 years in Sioux Falls and they are welcoming the public to join in on the celebration. Since Friday the non-profit has been putting on activities and events to celebrate the founding of the Sioux Falls stockyards and all the impact…

Members Of 2 Large AG Co-Ops In The Dakotas Vote To Merge

ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) – Members of two agriculture co-ops in the Dakotas have decided to merge. Fifty-eight percent of North Central Farmers Elevator voters and 63 percent of Wheat Growers voters approved the merger. More than 4,100 people voted. The new cooperative is expected to begin operations next February. A new name wasn’t immediately chosen. North Central has about 2,400…

Rain Putting Damper on Harvesting Season For Farmers

SALEM, S.D.- Harvest season is approaching for farmers in the Sioux Empire, but recent rainfall is forcing some farmers to have delays in collecting their crops. September is usually the time of year when Kurt Stiefvater starts to get ready to harvest his corn and soybeans, but the heavy rain over the weekend is slowing him down by a few days….

Weekend Rainfall Brings Impressive Totals!

Some Spots Across the Sioux Empire Have Received More than Four Inches!

It has sure been a gloomy and rainy stretch the last three days and that has resulted in some impressive rainfall totals from across the Sioux Empire. Storms fired up Friday afternoon as a cold front moved through and they have not let up! Showers continue to roll out of the south even this evening and more rain is likely…