MITCHELL, S.D. — For seed stock producers, quality semen is the foundation of any breeding program. It's no secret beef producers in South Dakota have some of the best genetics in the country, so it is critical to have a way to collect and preserve those genetics through custom semen collection.
HURON, S.D. — The South Dakota Department of Agriculture fielded dozens of dicamba injury complaints from off-target drift this season, and they're still taking input from farmers to determine the total number of acres hit. State officials are looking at possible label changes for spraying dicamba on Xtend soybeans next year, but a lot of that hinges on what farmers find in the fields this fall. Farmers that had some or widespread cupping in soybeans this season may not know the full production impact until harvest.
ABERDEEN, S.D. — The latest U.S. Drought Monitor shows the drought is expanding in South Dakota, with nearly 100 percent of the state in some level of drought. "In all the four categories now shown in South Dakota, all of them expanded in area — the worst being the D3 extreme drought area." says Laura Edwards, South Dakota State University Extension State Climatologist. The D3 area encompasses north central South Dakota. "D3 category is seen maybe three times in a century, so certainly it's a really tough situation up there," she says.