Agriculture

Most crops, pastures in South Dakota remain in decent shape

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Most crops in South Dakota remain in decent shape as they continue to develop. The federal Agriculture Department says in its weekly crop report that the corn, soybean, winter wheat, spring wheat, oats and sorghum…

Crop Report Update

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Corn and soybean crops in South Dakota are looking in decent shape as they emerge. The federal Agriculture Department says in its weekly crop report that 89 percent of the corn crop and 90 percent…

Pelleting plant targeted for Napa Junction

NAPA JUNCTION, S.D. (AP) - Developers say a new pelleting plant in Napa Junction will go a long way in helping the region solve its natural gas woes. Dakota Protein plans to build a plant north of the existing Dakota…

Trump says US farmers will be treated fairly in trade talks

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump is defending his tough trade negotiations with China, Canada and Mexico, saying that U.S. farmers have been treated "unfairly." The president says on Twitter that by the time he finishes his trade negotiations, "that…

South Dakota Farmers Behind in Planting Corn, Soybeans

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota farmers made up for lost time with a good week of fieldwork but still remain far behind on planting corn and soybeans. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says farmers in South Dakota had…

Corn and soybean planting continues to lag in South Dakota

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Planting and corn of soybeans in South Dakota remains well behind the average pace. The federal Agriculture Department says in its weekly crop report that 4 percent of soybeans is seeded, compared to 26 percent…

Winter wheat production in the Dakotas forecast to jump

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Winter wheat production in the Dakotas is expected to be up dramatically this year from 2017. The crop that's planted in the fall and harvested the next summer is subject to big swings, especially in…

Planting of small grains in South Dakota continues to lag

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Planting of small grains crops in South Dakota continues to lag behind the average pace. The federal Agriculture Department says in its weekly crop report that 12 percent of the spring wheat is seeded, behind…

Chicken Keeping 101

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - Chickens aren't just on the farm anymore. Friends and neighbors are sharing eggs across backyard fences in towns throughout the Sioux Empire through the popular trend of 'chicken keeping.' KDLT's Simon Floss went to Stephanie Peterson's…

Report: Soybeans most profitable for South Dakota farmers

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - A new report says soybeans were the most profitable crop for some South Dakota farmers in 2017, marking the fifth year in a row. The Capital Journal reports that the South Dakota Center for Farm/Ranch Management…

Soil moisture supplies improve in South Dakota over the week

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Soil moisture supplies have improved in South Dakota over the past week. The federal Agriculture Department says in its weekly crop report that topsoil moisture supplies are rated 82 percent adequate to surplus, up from…

Iowa producers say ethanol limits would be 'war' on rural US

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa ethanol and biodiesel producers are warning President Donald Trump that imposing restrictions on biofuels production "would be viewed as a declaration of war on rural America." The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association, representing refineries in…

South Dakota ranchers say drought aid data is inaccurate

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - Some ranchers in western South Dakota say data that determines their eligibility for federal drought aid is inaccurate. The Rapid City Journal reports that local ranchers raised the issue with Republican U.S. Sen. John Thune…

US soybean group calls tariffs 'devastating'

WASHINGTON (AP) - The American Soybean Association, a lobbying group that says it represents 21,000 U.S. soybean producers, says China's proposed 25-percent tariff on soybeans would be "devastating" to U.S. farmers. China is the largest consumer of U.S. soybeans, buying…

Farming Through Prolonged Winter

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -  When winter weather lingers around, many of us grumble. However, for farmers in our region the prolonged cold can be devastating. KDLT's Simon Floss and Photojournalist Grant Sweeter took a trip to John Hemmers farm in…

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