Crops

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…

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…

Worrisome Weed

Aggressive weed found in North Dakota for the first time

An aggressive pigweed species weed that’s strong enough to stop combines and resist many herbicides has been found in North Dakota for the first time. The Agriculture Department says Palmer amaranth has been positively identified in a soybean field in McIntosh County, in the southeast. The aggressive pigweed species has been found in South Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa in recent years,…

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…

Record Soybean Crop In the Ground in 2018

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – South Dakota farmers planted a record soybean crop this year, though corn acres are down in the state. The Agriculture Department’s recent acreage estimates put South Dakota soybean acres up 1 percent from 2017 to 5.7 million, and corn acres down 9 percent to 5.2 million. Winter wheat acres are estimated at 830,000, also down 9…

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…

Latest South Dakota Crop Report Shows Impact Of Drought

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Drought in 2017 impacted the production of most crops in South Dakota. The latest report from the Agriculture Department shows soybean production in the state down 6 percent from the previous year, oil sunflowers down 8 percent, corn down 11 percent, safflower down 22 percent, alfalfa hay down 23 percent, sorghum for grain down 27…

Showers Bring Some Relief To South Dakota Farmers

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Showers have brought some relief to South Dakota farmers, but much of the state remains dry. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says showers and thunderstorms early last week brought much-needed rainfall to parts of South Dakota. But precipitation in many areas of the state remains below normal for the year. More than half of South…

Drought Taking Toll On Farmers

U.S. Drought Monitor: More Than 200,000 South Dakotan Living In Drought Conditions

MILLER- S.D. — The U.S. Drought Monitor says as of Thursday, more than 200,000 South Dakotans are living in drought conditions. Governor Dennis Daugaard’s State Drought Task Force has been activated. The weather earlier this year proved helpful for farmers like J.D. Wangsness in Miller. He said it was a good start for calving and getting crops planted. However, the…

Farmers going “Hydrogreen”

RENNER, SD – Many farmers may be burdened by the cost of harvesting livestock feed. Owner/CEO of Hydrogreen Global Technologies, Dihl Grohs said, “The economics of having this system versus real estate and equipment is huge. We gotta feed the world and this is one way to take the pressure off of crop land for human consumption.” This, is Hydrogreen. …

Hungry For Truth Talks Changing Farming Technology

Farming technology has come a long way with helping farmers till their land. Watch the video above to hear from farmer Matt Bainbridge about how local farmers are using new methods to fertilize their crops. For more information about Hungry for Truth, click here. Categories: Agriculture, KDLT Kitchen, KDLT News Today, KDLT News Today Interviews Tags: Crops, farming, hungry for…

‘Palmer Amaranth’ Weed Found In Minnesota Crops

MINNESOTA – Seed mixes used to grow more habitat for bees and wildlife have been contaminated. “Palmer Amaranth” was discovered in Minnesota for the first time after weeds were accidentally planted on conservation land. Palmer is one of the most harmful weeds in the country for corn, soybeans, and other row crops. A Yellow Medicine County farmer reported Palmer in…