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…

Small grains harvest in the final stages in South Dakota

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota's small grains harvest is in the final stages. The federal Agriculture Department says in its weekly crop report that 80 percent of the spring wheat is harvested, 89 percent of the oats are…

South Dakota winter wheat harvest nearing completion

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - The winter wheat harvest in South Dakota is nearing completion, and the spring wheat harvest is about halfway done. The federal Agriculture Department says in its weekly crop report that 90 percent of the winter…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Carper Sweet Corn & Produce

There's a number of things to do throughout the Sioux Empire this weekend, and a popular event for many is the Falls Park Farmers Market in Sioux Falls. Hundreds go to the farmers market each week, but have you ever…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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.…

School Zone: Precision Agriculture at SDSU

BROOKINGS, S.D. - For this weeks edition of 'School Zone,' we highlight the Precision Ag program at SDSU. Many say that agriculture is the life-blood of the mid-west, and 'precision ag' is a term we're hearing more and more. Precision…

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