Agriculture Department

Healthy Crops Forecast Greets Growers This National Farmer’s Day

Some positive news for the regions farmers on this National Farmer’s Day – a day meant to honor and recognize all of the hard-working farmers we have out there. National Farmer’s Day is observed each year on October 12. First, the weather is improving. Sunny skies and warmer temperatures are on the way and will remain for the foreseeable future. Second,…

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 the bin, compared with 57 percent on average. The spring wheat harvest in the state is now one-third complete. That’s…

Spring Wheat Planting Finally Underway

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Planting of spring wheat is finally getting underway in South Dakota. The federal Agriculture Department says in its weekly crop report that 2 percent of the crop is in the ground, well behind the five-year average of 50 percent. Last year at this time, nearly 75 percent of the spring wheat was seeded. The state’s winter…

Fall Harvest In South Dakota Nearly Wrapped Up

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – The fall harvest in South Dakota is nearly wrapped up after another week of unseasonably warm weather. The federal Agriculture Department says in its weekly crop report that the sunflower harvest is 94 percent complete, the sorghum harvest is 95 percent done and the corn harvest is 97 percent complete. The state’s winter wheat crop…

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…

Agriculture Secretary Perdue to Travel to South Dakota

TIMBER LAKE, S.D. (AP) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue will visit South Dakota to tour the prairie pothole region and meet with an intertribal agriculture group. The Agriculture Department says Perdue will travel to South Dakota on Thursday. Perdue is set to tour the prairie pothole landscape in northeast South Dakota and then meet with the Intertribal Agriculture…

Drought In Western North Dakota Eases Significantly

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – Drought in western North Dakota has eased significantly over the past week. The latest U.S. Drought Monitor shows a reduction in extreme and exceptional drought from 19 percent to less than 4 percent, due to heavy rains. The northwestern corner of the state is the only area that remains in those categories of drought, which are…