Agriculture

Area Farmers Mulling "Prevented Plant" Crop Insurance

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - Crop insurance "late plant" dates are coming into play for many area farmers. What's called "prevented plant" crop insurance will pay up if farmers can't get into their fields in time. Just like last year, the…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Companies Await China Retaliation; Weaker Growth Expected

BEIJING (AP) - Companies are waiting to see how China will retaliate for President Donald Trump's latest tariff hikes on Chinese imports while economists warned the escalating dispute could slow growth. Chinese officials gave no indication Monday what steps they…

Ag Census Finds Number of South Dakota Farms Dropping

ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) - The latest federal census of agriculture finds the number of farms in South Dakota has dropped. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's 2017 census, South Dakota's farmland was worked by fewer farming operations from 2012…

Rainy Weather Delays Planting of Iowa's Corn, Soybean Crops

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Rainy weather is delaying Iowa farmers from planting crops this spring. The U.S. Department of Agriculture reported Monday that 36% of Iowa's expected corn crop had been planted as of Sunday. That's five days behind…

Spring Planting Well Behind Average Pace in South Dakota

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Spring planting remains well behind the average pace in South Dakota after bad weather and flooding last month. The Agriculture Department says in its weekly crop report that 8% of the spring wheat crop and…

Mnuchin Hopes For 'Substantial Progress' In China Talks

BEIJING (AP) - U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says he hopes for "substantial progress" in talks with Chinese officials aimed at ending a tariff war over Beijing's technology ambitions. Mnuchin arrived Tuesday in Beijing for the latest negotiations on the…

Wet Fields Delaying Some Planting in Nebraska, Iowa

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Officials say late-winter moisture, flooding and low temperatures have delayed corn and other plantings in Nebraska and in some parts of Iowa. A U.S. Department of Agriculture report for the week ending Sunday says just 2%…

Funding Available For Cover Crops On Damaged Farmland

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - The federal Natural Resources Conservation Service is providing money to plant cover crops on damaged farmland. The aid is aimed at recovery work on cropland directly affected by the severe weather in March. The highest priority…

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