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Late-Season Crop Harvests Progress in South Dakota

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota’s soybean harvest is nearly wrapped up, and the corn and sorghum harvests have reached about three-fourths complete. The federal Agriculture Department in its weekly crop report says 96 percent of soybeans, 75 percent of sorghum, 71 percent of corn and 55 percent of sunflowers are harvested. All are behind the average pace. Ninety-two…

A Passion for Picking Corn by Hand

FLANDREAU, S.D- People from all over South Dakota and surrounding states gathered in Flandreau this weekend to take part in an age old farming activity. Before farm machinery, farmers had to pick corn by hand. Every year people relive that history, by seeing how many ears of corn they can pick in a race against the clock. “It use to…

South Dakota Farmers Still Have a Lot of Crops to Bring In

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – South Dakota farmers made little progress on the late-season harvest in the past week due to bad weather. The federal Agriculture Department in its weekly crop report says less than a full day was considered suitable for fieldwork. Harvest progress is at 5 percent for the sunflower crop, 21 percent for sorghum, 17 percent for corn…

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,…

South Dakota Farmers Applaud Trump’s Decision to Lift Summer Ban on E15

SALEM, S.D.-  It’s been a tough year for farmers economically. “We have a surplus and with the trade wars going on we need to find another outlet for our corn,” said Kurt Stiefvater, a Salem Farmer. However, Salem Farmer, Kurt Stiefvater is one of many farmers in South Dakota who are feeling hopeful. Especially after President Trump announced his plan…

Harvesting of corn getting underway in South Dakota

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Harvesting of corn is underway in South Dakota. The federal Agriculture Department in its weekly crop report says 2 percent of the corn crop is in the bin, along with 6 percent of soybeans. Winter wheat seeding is approaching one-third complete. Slightly more than half of the state’s topsoil and subsoil moisture supplies remain rated…

Agriculture and Drones: The Future of Family Farming

BEAVER CREEK, M.N. – The sky is no longer the limit for family farmers. PricewaterhouseCoopers estimates the market for drone-powered solutions in agriculture at more than $32 billion, but how helpful are these drones? Peter Bakken of Beaver Creek, Minnesota fondly remembers when he got a not-so-typical phone call from the farmer next door. ” had a neighbor that was…

South Dakota AG Community: Critics of Trade War & Bailout Plan

The president announced Tuesday, July 25th, a $12 billion plan to pay farmers for their losses and find new global markets.   However, some in South Dakota’s ag industry say a bailout won’t stop the damaging domino effect of the trade war with China. “It’s kind of a poor bandaid to put on for the time being,” said Scott Stahl,…

Winter Wheat Harvest Ahead of Average Pace

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – South Dakota’s winter wheat harvest has reached the halfway point. The federal Agriculture Department says in its weekly crop report that 47 percent of the crop is in the bin, ahead of the average pace. Development of the corn and soybean crops in the state also is ahead of the average pace. The majority of most…

Centerville Farmer Reacts To Flooding Damages

CENTERVILLE, S.D. — Mother Nature continues to bring challenges to those across the Sioux Empire. A farmer in Centerville is trying to salvage what’s left of his crops as he waits for the flooding to lower. “Oh it’s sad. You know all the work and effort that you put into raising a crop, and to have this happen. It’s never a…

Crop Report Update

South Dakota corn and soybean crops in decent shape

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 of the soybean crop is rated fair or good. The state’s spring wheat and winter wheat crops also are rated…

Excitement Builds Over Year-round E15

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.-People are usually not able to fill up their tanks with E15 over the summer. Soon they might be able to as well as year-round. President Trump announced Tuesday that this change is coming. E15 is a blend of gasoline and 15 percent ethanol. “Opens up the market. It really addresses outdated regulation that has been in place…

Iowa Farmers Catching Up on Spring Planting

DES MOINES, Iowa – Although spring storms initially slowed spring planting progress in Iowa and Nebraska, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reports farmers have nearly caught up to five-year averages in the past week. Iowa farmers have 40 percent of the corn crop planted, about three days behind the average at this point in the season. Three percent of corn…

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…

Rain Slows Fall Harvest

Corn harvest in South Dakota is typically around 19 percent by now

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Rain and thunderstorms have slowed the harvest across much of eastern South Dakota. According to the weekly crop report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, an inch or more of rain fell across most of the eastern part of the state. Producers were completing late-season haying in other parts of the state. Topsoil moisture is still…

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….

South Dakota Corn, Soybean Maturity Continue To Lag

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Corn and soybean maturity continues to lag in South Dakota. The weekly crop report from the federal government says South Dakota’s corn and soybeans are maturing at a pace behind last year’s and the five-year average. Corn denting was 60 percent, well behind 80 percent at this time last year and the average of 78…