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Farm Rescue marks milestone with 400th farm aid case
Court gives fertilizer dealers a reprieve from policy change
Riders crossing N.D. 'cowboy up' for cancer awareness
Near-perfect harvest conditions predicted for fall
Dry summer, poor crop prices affect corn silage yields
Fall turkey hunting licenses still available in North Dakota
A couple of shotgun experts find out what they’ve been missing in mourning dove hunting
Plenty of ducks, fewer hunters
WILTZ: Come Saturday's duck opener, what are you going to throw at those quackers?
Grouse numbers rise ahead of opener
February 26, 2016
Dilemma for U.S. Farmers: Which Crop Will Lose the Least Money?
For farmers who grow some of the biggest U.S. crops, choosing what to plant this year has become a bet on which one will lose less money.A three-year...
February 26, 2016 - 1:36pm
February 25, 2016
Value of South Dakota crops down 7 percent
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture says the value of South Dakota's 2015 field and miscellaneous crops is forecast at $6.05 billion. The USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service says that's a 7 percent decrease from 2014. The value of corn production is...
February 25, 2016 - 12:40pm
October 22, 2015
OPINION: Yield does not tell the whole story
Harvest is in full swing and the end is in sight for some. It appears that we have been blessed again with another year of nearly ideal growing conditions, as well as great harvest weather. Overall, most of the farmers that I have spoken with are very happy with yields. It is...
October 22, 2015 - 8:35am
September 21, 2015
County-by-county harvest outlook: Spotty rains, hail cause varying yields
It just depends. That’s the consensus on what crop yields look like in southcentral and southeastern South Dakota this year. Spotty rains and rampant thunderstorms throughout the summer left some farmers with much-needed timely rains, others with barely enough, and still others...
September 21, 2015 - 1:35pm
September 15, 2015
Week of warm, dry weather helps South Dakota crops mature
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — A week of warm, dry weather in South Dakota has advanced the maturity of crops including corn and soybeans. The Agriculture Department says in its weekly crop report that the favorable weather also helped with winter wheat seeding. Twenty-two percent of the...
September 15, 2015 - 11:06am
July 21, 2015
Warm temperatures boost crop development across South Dakota
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — Above-average temperatures over the past week have boosted the development of crops across South Dakota. The Agriculture Department says in its weekly crop report that corn development is ahead of the average pace, while soybeans lag behind. About 20 percent...
July 21, 2015 - 4:12pm
July 8, 2015
US rains attract grain buyers' attention, but not business
CHICAGO (Reuters)—Heavy rains swamping U.S. farmland are grabbing the attention of global grain buyers as prices of corn and soybean futures soar on concerns about damage from the deluge. But demand for U.S. exports probably will not surge as the weather worries spread beyond...
July 8, 2015 - 2:22pm
July 7, 2015
Rainy week brings moisture to South Dakota crops, pastures
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — Rain over the past week brought moisture to crops and pastures in many parts of South Dakota. The Agriculture Department says in its weekly crop report that topsoil moisture supplies in the state are rated 82 percent adequate to surplus, and subsoil moisture...
July 7, 2015 - 2:00pm
May 27, 2015
Rain boosts soil moisture, hampers planting in South Dakota
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — Rain over the past week in South Dakota boosted soil moisture but hampered the planting of crops. The Agriculture Department says in its weekly crop progress report that topsoil moisture supplies statewide are rated 76 percent adequate to surplus, and subsoil...
May 27, 2015 - 6:39pm
May 19, 2015
Cool, wet conditions slow fieldwork across South Dakota
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — Cool and wet conditions across most of South Dakota slowed down fieldwork in the last week, but producers welcomed the moisture. The Agriculture Department says in its weekly crop progress report that the wet weather improved topsoil moisture to 71 percent...
May 19, 2015 - 2:24pm
April 14, 2015
Small grains seeding in South Dakota ahead of average pace
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — Seeding of small grains crops in South Dakota remains ahead of last year's pace and the long-term average. The Agriculture Department says in its weekly crop progress report that 44 percent of the spring wheat, 43 percent of the oats and 14 percent of the...
April 14, 2015 - 9:57am
April 9, 2015
Reduce risk, supplement income by diversifying operations
If you turn back the clock twenty or thirty years, most farms looked pretty similar. The average producer was diversified, probably farming a few hundred acres and having some combination of beef cows, dairy cows and/or hogs. As the grain and livestock tend to complement each other,...
April 9, 2015 - 9:50am
April 7, 2015
Spring planting under way in South Dakota but soils are dry
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — Spring planting is underway in South Dakota, but another week of warm, dry conditions didn't help soil moisture. The Agriculture Department says in its weekly crop progress report that 17 percent of the spring wheat crop, 10 percent of the oats and 7 percent...
April 7, 2015 - 9:52am
March 31, 2015
Corn forecast down for 2015
Corn, the star of Upper Midwest agriculture in recent years, won't shine quite so brightly in the 2015 growing season, the U.S. Department of...
March 31, 2015 - 8:10pm
March 30, 2015
Farmer tries to find balance with genetically modified crops
TOLSTOY (AP) — A farmer in South Dakota's northern half is taking a middle road as to whether he should use genetically modified seeds. Tolstoy farmer Corey Johannsen told the Aberdeen American News that he grows crops that are genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, as well...
March 30, 2015 - 2:13pm