Soybeans

Trade War Impact on Soybean Farmers

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.-It’s been a tough year for farmers as they were hit with bad weather and tariffs. A trade war between China and the US started back in July of last year and is still ongoing.  Farmers are used to uncertainty as they deal with different weather conditions each year. This year wasn’t as good of a year. “In…

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,…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Addressing Concerns Over GMO Crops

Why a growing number of South Dakota soybean crops rely on the technology

Josh Kayser, a soybean farmer from Emery, South Dakota talks with KDLT about how much of the state’s soybean crop is genetically modified, the reasons behind the increasing number of acres, and addresses safety concerns with the technology. “The number one thing I’d like anybody to know about my farm, a 5th generation farmer, is legacy is important to us….

2017 South Dakota Soybean Harvest

A third straight record year of production may mean ongoing shift of crops

The late rains we saw in both July and August helped many South Dakota soybean farmers produce another record crop in 2017. Moving forward, the high yield and return may mean we’ll see acreages continue to expand in the state, as more farmers get into the crop due to its success. Global demand for the product continues to rise as do…

Harvest Coming In Quickly

After a wet fall, winter wheat and soybeans are nearing completion

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Winter wheat planting has wrapped up in South Dakota, and the soybean harvest is nearing completion. The federal Agriculture Department says in its weekly crop report that the soybean harvest is 96 percent done following a mostly dry week. The winter wheat crop is 91 percent emerged, with nearly half of the crop rated fair to…

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…

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…