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Cop Report: South Dakota Producers Begin Harvesting Soybeans
UNDATED - For the week ending Sunday, producers began to harvest soybeans in parts of South Dakota, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. Winter wheat seeding was also ongoing. Temperatures were above average for much of eastern South Dakota as daytime...
September 26, 2017

S.D. Organic Products Valued at $17.3 Million
UNDATED - The U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics Service has released the results of its 2016 Certified Organic Survey.Certified organic operations in South Dakota sold a total of $17.3 million in organic products in 2016, down 1 percent compared to...
September 26, 2017

CHS Foundation Strengthens Partnership with the National FFA Organization
INDIANAPOLIS – The CHS Foundation, funded by charitable contributions from CHS Inc., and  a key National FFA supporter for more than 40 years, recently announced a $3.8 million commitment to the National FFA Organization, growing its support to a platinum sponsorship l...
September 25, 2017

Nebraska, Wyoming sugar beet harvest starts as prices rise
SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. - Early harvest of sugar beets in western Nebraska and eastern Wyoming has begun. Western Sugar vice president Jerry Darnell tells Scottsbluff radio station KNEB that the company's plants in Scottsbluff and Torrington, Wyoming, have bought over 100,000 tons of ...
September 25, 2017

South Dakota Cattle on Feed Report Unchanged
UNDATED - South Dakota feedlots, with capacities of 1,000 or more head, contained 215,000 cattle on feed on September 1, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. This inventory was unchanged from last year.Placements during August totaled 45,000 head, up ...
September 25, 2017

Fall noxious weed control encouraged
BROOKINGS, S.D. - Fall can be the best time for weed control with a caveat, explained Paul O. Johnson, SDSU Extension Weed Science Coordinator. "If noxious weeds were sprayed or clipped earlier this summer and there is good weed growth, fall would be a good time to spray these w...
September 22, 2017

North Dakota has first confirmed 2017 case of cattle anthrax
BISMARCK, N.D. - North Dakota has its first confirmed case of livestock anthrax this year. State Veterinarian Susan Keller says the case in a Sioux County cattle herd was confirmed Thursday. Anthrax bacteria spores lie dormant in the soil and become active under extreme weather...
September 22, 2017

2016 potato production drops 22 percent in North Dakota
FARGO, N.D. - Potato production in North Dakota last year dropped 22 percent from 2015. The Agriculture Department says farmers in the state produced 21.6 million hundredweight of potatoes in 2016. A hundredweight is equivalent to a 100-pound bag. Decreases in planted acres, ha...
September 19, 2017

South Dakota officials reconsider hog operation
ABERDEEN, S.D. - Officials of a county in northern South Dakota are reconsidering a planned hog operation that property owners expressed concerns about earlier this year. The Aberdeen American News reports the Brown County Planning Commission will discuss two permit applications...
September 19, 2017

Nearly one-third of South Dakota winter wheat crop planted
UNDATED - For the week ending Sunday, producers continued cutting silage and seeding winter wheat under warm, dry weather, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. Temperatures were well above average for mid-September as afternoon highs warmed to the 80s...
September 19, 2017

Fill Out App Properly for Hay Transportation Help
BISMARCK, N.D. - The North Dakota Department of Agriculture has been taking applications for the emergency hay transportation assistance program, which will reimburse eligible producers for a portion of hay transportation expenses. Producers are urged to take care to read all the...
September 14, 2017

Texas Sunflower Harvest Nearly Half Complete
UNDATED - Sunflower harvest is nearly half finished in Texas; 46 percent of the crop there is reported harvested, ahead of 34 percent last year. And the Minnesota sunflower crop continues to look to be a good one, with 86 percent of the sunflowers there reported in good to excell...
September 14, 2017

Weekly Crop Report: S.D. Farmers Begin Seeding Winter Wheat
UNDATED - For the week ending Sunday, silage cutting and late-season haying continued under mostly dry conditions, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. Producers began seeding winter wheat in parts of the State. Temperatures were seasonally cool early...
September 12, 2017

South Dakota Farmers & Ranchers Share Their Plight in D.C.
HURON, S.D. - This week, 26 South Dakota farmers and ranchers left their fields and cattle in trusted hands and traveled to D.C. to visit with Congressional leaders and their staff about the challenges and opportunities they face as they work to feed our nation. They are am...
September 12, 2017

Landowners and Hunters Asked to Report Dead Deer
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) has documented the first deer mortalities in 2017 due to hemorrhagic disease, also known as epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD) or blue tongue. EHD was recently confirmed by laboratory analysis in a white-tailed deer in...
September 11, 2017

Reminder: Remove Hay Bales from Rights of Way
PIERRE, S.D. - The South Dakota Department of Transportation reminds land owners hay remaining in highway ditches after Oct. 1 is deemed illegal.After Oct. 1, the department will remove or authorize the removal of any illegal hay bales remaining in the public right of way.Any per...
September 11, 2017

Two sides in corporate farming battle seek judge's approval
BISMARCK, N.D. - The two sides in a legal battle over the constitutionality of North Dakota's Depression-era ban on corporate farming have both formally asked a judge to side with them. North Dakota Farm Bureau sued last summer to do away with the law that voters approved in 193...
September 8, 2017

Vietnam to resume importing dried distillers grains from US
BISMARCK, N.D. - U.S. Sen. John Hoeven say Vietnam is resuming imports of dried distillers grains produced in the U.S., creating another market for North Dakota producers. The North Dakota Ethanol Council says ethanol plants in the state produce about 1.4 million tons of the liv...
September 7, 2017

Sunflower Crop Trending Closer to Normal Maturity
UNDATED - The Kansas sunflower crop is right on schedule - 93 percent of the sunflowers there are reported blooming, which is on track with last year's 94 percent and 92 percent over the past five years, reports the National Sunflower Association, Mandan, N.D.. Petals are dry on ...
September 7, 2017

More than 2 dozen hogs killed in semi rollover
HUMBOLDT, S.D. - A semi carrying a load of about 160 hogs rolled over in Minnehaha County, killing some of its cargo. The Highway Patrol says the 25-year-old semi driver from Winfred wasn't seriously hurt in the accident on an Interstate 90 ramp near Humboldt Wednesday. Twenty-...
September 7, 2017

North Dakota taking applications for drought hay-hauling aid
BISMARCK, N.D. - North Dakota's Agriculture Department has begun accepting applications from drought-stricken ranchers for $1.5 million in aid to help with hay-hauling costs. The application period runs until Nov. 3. The state Emergency Commission late last month approved the m...
September 6, 2017

S.D. Oat, Spring Wheat Harvests Near Completion
UNDATED - For the week ending Sunday, spring wheat and oat harvests neared completion following a mostly dry week, according to USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. Temperatures were average to above average for a majority of the State, as daytime highs climbed into t...
September 6, 2017

Drought Monitor Helps Determine Forage Disaster Payments
UNDATED - The U.S. Drought Monitor is the "measuring stick" for determining the number of months of forage losses for which livestock producers may be eligible to receive aid under the Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP)."North Dakota State University has an Excel program tha...
September 5, 2017

Turner County voters reject new animal feedlot rules
PARKER, S.D. — Voters in Turner County have quashed an attempt to ease rules for animal feedlots. County commissioners passed an ordinance in June that removed the need for a local permit and a public notice to neighbors for certain large cattle, hog or chicken feedlots....
August 30, 2017

S.D. Cattle on Feed Unchanged from 2016
UNDATED - South Dakota feedlots, with capacities of 1,000 or more head, contained 220,000 cattle on feed on August 1, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. This inventory was unchanged from last year.Placements during July totaled 26,000 head, up 44 pe...
August 28, 2017

South Dakota farmers face destroyed crops from herbicide
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - South Dakota farmers are reporting crops devastated by herbicide drift. The Argus Leader reports that farmers believe the herbicide to be dicamba, which is used for weed control. Three dicamba products are registered for use on dicamba-tolerant soybean plants...
August 24, 2017

Governor asks for study on disputed cloud seeding program
BISMARCK, N.D. - North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum is pushing for a comprehensive study of cloud seeding over complaints from farmers and ranchers that the practice may be making drought conditions worse. The Bismarck Tribune reports that Burgum told a meeting of the state Water Com...
August 24, 2017

Judge blocks law meant to protect farm equipment dealers
FARGO, N.D. - A federal judge has blocked a new North Dakota law meant to protect farm equipment dealers. Four major manufacturers of farm implements have filed a lawsuit challenging the law that permits North Dakota implement dealers to sell generic rather than name-brand repla...
August 22, 2017

SDSU Extension and American Indian Tribes Join Forces to Help Buffalo
UNDATED - An adequate balance between healthy grasslands and well managed agricultural cropland is critical for the long-term sustainability of the Great Plains.   This vast area was once the habitat of 50 to 75 million head of buffalo, which roamed freely resulting in yea...
August 22, 2017

NASS to Collect Small Grain Production and Stocks Data
UNDATED - During the first two weeks of September, growers of small grains around the country will be contacted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). The agency is taking a comprehensive look into the 2017 production and supply o...
August 22, 2017

Weekly Crop report: Rain, Cool Temps Provide S.D. Some Relief
UNDATED - For the week ending Sunday, much of the State received over an inch of rain, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. The precipitation, along with cooler than normal temperatures, provided drought relief to portions of South Dakota. There were ...
August 22, 2017

Anthrax discovered in Pennington County
PIERRE, S.D. – Anthrax is responsible for recent death loss in a cattle herd in southeastern Pennington County.  State Veterinarian Dr. Dustin Oedekoven says that at least 9 adult cattle died suddenly last week in the herd, which had not been vaccinated against anthrax...
August 21, 2017

Police preparing to handle livestock issues after cuts
CHEYENNE, Wyo. - Wyoming police are preparing to investigate cattle rustlings after lawmakers decided to cut three out of four full-time state livestock officer positions. The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reports the livestock officers are responsible for investigating cases involving ...
August 21, 2017

Public drought meetings scheduled in Stanley and Beach
BISMARCK, N.D. - North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum and Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring are hosting public drought meetings next week in Stanley and Beach. The Stanley meeting is 5-8 p.m. Central time Monday at the Mountrail County South Complex. The Beach meeting is 5-8 p.m. ...
August 17, 2017

Wisconsin officials act to help Northern Plains drought
BISMARCK, N.D. - Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is clearing the way for farmers in that state to help out their drought-stricken colleagues in the Northern Plains. Walker has declared a 30-day state of emergency for the purpose of transporting loads of forage to the Dakotas and Mon...
August 17, 2017

Two agriculture groups in Dakotas to vote on merger
ABERDEEN, S.D. - The boards of two agriculture co-ops in the Dakotas have decided to hold a second vote among their members about merging. The Aberdeen American News reports that a narrow majority of members from North Central Farmers Elevator voted in 2015 against merging with ...
August 17, 2017

Extension Fall Beef Field Day Aug. 22 in Mitchell
MITCHELL, S.D. - Innovation and planning for the future are the themes of the 2017 SDSU Extension Fall Beef Field Day held Aug. 22, in Mitchell beginning at the Stillwater Cattle Company (25969 436th Ave, Bridgewater). The event begins at 9 a.m.To help cover lunch costs, registra...
August 15, 2017

S.D. Stockgrowers to Cosponsor Lahren Speech
RAPID CITY, S.D. - The South Dakota Stockgrowers Association (SDSGA) has joined with R-CALF USA to cosponsor Rapid City, S.D., native Tomi Lahren's keynote address at the R-CALF USA's upcoming annual convention Aug. 25-26. Lahren will speak at 7 p.m. on Aug. 26 at the Best Wester...
August 15, 2017

Weekly Crop Report- State gets some much needed rain
UNDATED - For the week ending Sunday, showers and thunderstorms brought much needed precipitation to the State, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. Last week's rain, along with cooler temperatures, provided some drought relief to portions of South Da...
August 15, 2017

USDA to Survey County Small Grains Acreage
UNDATED - The U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will survey producers in 32 states, including South Dakota, for its County Agricultural Production Survey."County-level yields have a direct impact on farmers around the State. USDA's F...
August 14, 2017

Alliance aims to advance North Dakota livestock industry
BISMARCK, N.D. - Six groups in North Dakota have formed an alliance aimed at moving the state's livestock industry forward. The North Dakota Livestock Alliance includes groups representing the pork, dairy, corn, soybean and ethanol industries. Chairman Craig Jarolimek says it wi...
August 14, 2017

Mega farm restrictions ease in Minnehaha County
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - The most populous county in South Dakota is easing restrictions on big livestock operations. The changes in Minnehaha County will allow concentrated animal feeding operations, or CAFOs, to expand more easily. Commissioners revamped zoning laws Tuesday to refl...
August 10, 2017

SDSU Extension Hosts Drought Meeting in Wall Aug. 23, 2017
BROOKINGS, S.D. - SDSU Extension will hold the seventh drought meeting in Wall August 23, 2017 at the Wall Community Center (501 Main St.). The meeting will run from 6 p.m to 9 p.m. This meeting is free and there is no registration is necessary. For livestock safety, attendees ...
August 8, 2017

South Dakota Crop Report released
UNDATED - For the week ending Sunday, scattered rain and cooler temperatures brought relief to some areas of the State, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. Row crop conditions showed some improvement, but the effects of the drought were still being f...
August 8, 2017

Burgum asks for additional federal help with drought
BISMARCK, N.D. - Gov. Doug Burgum has asked for a presidential disaster declaration because of severe drought conditions across much of North Dakota. The governor's request to President Donald Trump has been made through the regional Federal Emergency Management Agency. It woul...
August 8, 2017

Brown County soybean crop damage being investigated
ABERDEEN, S.D. - Some Brown County farmers are complaining to the state that their soybean crops have been damaged by a drifting herbicide. South Dakota State University Extension specialist Gared Shaffer says the herbicide in question kills broad-leafed weeds but also can damag...
August 4, 2017

S.D. Honey Bee Colony Inventory from April
UNDATED - Honey bee colonies for operations with five or more colonies in South Dakota as of January 1, 2017 totaled 21.0 thousand according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. The number of colonies in South Dakota on April 1, 2017 was 34.0 thousand. During 2...
August 3, 2017

Worksite Wellness Grant Applications Due August 21, 2017
BROOKINGS, S.D. - Grant opportunities are available to all South Dakota worksites interested in creating healthier work environments. Steps to Wellness Workplace Physical Activity and Healthier Vending and Snack Bar grants are offered through the South Dakota Department of Healt...
August 2, 2017

SD Stockgrowers Reminds Landowners of Need for Prairie Dog Control Measures
RAPID CITY, S.D. - SD Stockgrowers Association would like to remind producers and landowners that it is the responsible of each landowner to manage prairie dogs in such a way that does not allow the rodents to move onto neighboring property. This includes private landowners and g...
July 30, 2017

Japan slaps emergency tariffs on imports of frozen US beef
TOKYO - Japan is slapping emergency tariffs of 50 percent on imports of frozen U.S. beef after shipments surged. Finance Minister Taro Aso announced the move Friday, saying he was prepared to explain the decision to the U.S. side. Under World Trade Organization rules, Japan c...
July 28, 2017

Producers Encouraged to Share on Drought Impact Reporter Website
UNDATED - Producers are encouraged to share drought impact information through the National Drought Mitigation Center website.Droughtreporter.unl.edu is home to the Drought Impact Reporter, a reporting feature that allows producers to report local drought impacts and conditions. ...
July 27, 2017

Protect Livestock During Drought with Water Testing
UNDATED -SDSU Extension offers an on-site livestock water testing service at all SDSU Extension Regional Extension Centers and several SDSU Extension County Offices throughout the state."It is critical to monitor livestock water quality, because poor quality water can have a nega...
July 27, 2017

Sunflower Fields Beginning to Bloom
UNDATED - Sunflower fields are beginning to bloom; North Dakota reports 15 percent of that state's sunflowers are blooming while South Dakota reports 5 percent. In Kansas, 14 percent of the crop is reported blooming.Minnesota reports 89 percent of the crop remained good to excell...
July 27, 2017

Crop scouts survey North Dakota's wheat fields
BISMARCK, N.D. - Crop scouts are touring North Dakota this week to get a better idea of just how the drought will affect wheat supplies. North Dakota is a top producer of wheat. Farmers, seed company representatives, wheat millers and others are surveying fields to determine ho...
July 25, 2017

Salvaging Drought Stressed Corn in Mid-Summer
UNDATED - Before harvesting drought stricken corn early to use for forage, SDSU Extension Beef Feedlot Management Associate, Warren Rusche urges producers to test for nitrates."As drought conditions deepen in South Dakota and the surrounding region, the likelihood of corn making ...
July 25, 2017

Crop Report: North, East Central South Dakota Receive Much Needed Rain
UNDATED - For the week ending Sunday, showers and thunderstorms brought much needed rain to portions of north and east central South Dakota, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. Rainfall totals ranged from one-third to over two inches. Some storms tur...
July 25, 2017

South Dakota Cattle on Feed Down 4 Percent
UNDATED - South Dakota feedlots, with capacities of 1,000 or more head, contained 225,000 cattle on feed on July 1, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. This inventory was down 4 percent from last year.Placements during June totaled 40,000 head, up 67...
July 25, 2017

S.D. Layer Inventory Up 2.07 Million from 2016
UNDATED - All layers in South Dakota during June 2017 totaled 2.75 million, up from 2.07 million the previous year, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service.South Dakota egg production during June totaled 65.3 million eggs, up from 46.9 million in 2016. Ju...
July 25, 2017

Nebraska soybean plant predictor of South Dakota project
ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) — Many local officials have called a soybean processing plant that's being built in the northern part of South Dakota a huge economic win for the state, but it's difficult to find data or details to back those assertions. The history and status of Ag Pr...
July 23, 2017

West Nile found in horse in Campbell County
GILLETTE, Wyo. - A horse in northeast Wyoming has tested positive for West Nile virus. Dr. Marshall Kohr of the Animal Medical Center in Gillette said a horse under their treatment was wobbly and unsteady and a lab test confirmed it had West Nile. Kohr tells the Gillette New-Re...
July 19, 2017

Tomi Lahren to Keynote R-CALF USA Convention
BILLINGS, Mont. Tomi Lahren, a conservative political commentator and rising star of social media will be the keynote speaker at R-CALF USA's 18th Annual Convention to be held Aug. 25 and 26 at the Best Western Ramkota Hotel in Rapid City, S.D. Last year, BBC News stated Lahren w...
July 19, 2017

Meetings on Drought Management July 24 and 25
UNDATED - SDSU Extension will host livestock and agronomy meetings in Lemmon, Faith, Pierre and Chamberlain July 24 and 25, 2017."Drought now affects more than 72 percent of the state, and is forecast to continue to get worse over the next couple of weeks," said Laura Edwards, SD...
July 19, 2017

Rare form of B-S-E found in Alabama
MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Agriculture officials say a rarely seen form of BSE has been found in Alabama. A statement from state Agriculture Commissioner John McMillan says atypical bovine spongiform encephalopathy was confirmed in an 11-year-old beef cow. The U.S. Agriculture Departme...
July 19, 2017

Court-appointed attorney denied in animal neglect case
ASHTON, S.D. - A judge has denied a court-appointed attorney for an Ashton man accused of starving his cattle. The Aberdeen News reports Magistrate Judge Mark Anderson has ruled that Rex Spear has enough money to hire his own attorney. The 63-year-old Spear is charged with anima...
July 18, 2017

Hutterite colony by Stratford plans to grow swine facility
STRATFORD, S.D. - A Hutterite colony near Stratford is planning to expand its swine operation. The American News reports that an application has been submitted to grow the animal feeding operation by 2,400 head of swine to a total of nearly 10,000 head. The state Department of ...
July 18, 2017

Extreme Heat, Humidity Impact South Dakota
UNDATED - For the week ending Sunday, spring wheat harvest began in parts of South Dakota, while winter wheat and oats harvest continued, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. Extreme heat and humidity late in the week impacted most of the State, stres...
July 18, 2017

Sage Grouse Season Closed
UNDATED -The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission closed the 2017 sage grouse hunting season at its July meeting.The closure is based on the season guidelines found within the 2014-2018 Sage-Grouse management plan for South Dakota.Those guidelines suggest a season c...
July 17, 2017

Nebraska Hauling Requirements Temporarily Waived
OMAHA, Neb. - Governor Pete Ricketts directed the Nebraska State Patrol to temporarily waive certain requirements for trucks traveling in and through Nebraska in support of efforts to aid citizens of North Dakota and South Dakota impacted by drought conditions."In light of the dr...
July 17, 2017

Cattle Industry Wraps Up Summer Business Meeting
DENVER (July 15, 2017) — More than 700 of the nation’s cattle industry leaders wrapped up another successful Summer Business Meeting in Denver today, with the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s board of directors formally adopting policy positions on ...
July 17, 2017

Drought Stresses Northern Sunflower Crop
UNDATED - Minnesota's sunflower crop is looking to be a good one - 88 percent of the state's crop is reported in good to excellent condition. Meanwhile, planting in Texas is nearly complete, with 95 percent of the crop reported planted. That is on track with the five year average...
July 13, 2017

Crop production forecast to plummet in dry South Dakota
UNDATED - Based on July 1 conditions, South Dakota's 2017 winter wheat production is forecast at 28.0 million bushels, down 56 percent from last year's crop according to the USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service. Average yield is forecast at 43.0 bushels per acre, down 1...
July 13, 2017

Only Limited Amount of Scattered Rain Falls on South Dakota
UNDATED - For the week ending Sunday, hot and dry conditions persisted, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. Average temperatures were above normal across the State, with temperatures in western South Dakota averaging four to 10 degrees above normal. ...
July 11, 2017

Extension Connects South Dakota to Drought Resources, Information
UNDATED -  South Dakota's farmers, ranchers and communities deal with the challenges brought on by drought conditions, SDSU Extension is connecting individuals with resources and research-based information."The land grant university mission positions SDSU Extension to be res...
July 11, 2017

Youth Fest invites kids to a day on the ranch
STURGIS, SD – Put a country kind of experience together with kids from all walks of life and you have the concept behind the first annual Millar Angus Youth Fest. Created by John and Breezy Millar, the July 11th event includes an interest of some kind for most all kids. T...
July 10, 2017

Connecting Agriculture: Creating an Accurate Drought Monitor
PIERRE, S.D. - Drought conditions have continued to spread across South Dakota over the past few weeks. The most recent drought monitor shows that more than 90 percent of state is experiencing abnormally dry conditions and drought. This has brought increased hardship for South Da...
July 7, 2017

Department of Agriculture Pesticide Container Recycling Collection Begins July 10
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) encourages all agriculture producers and businesses to take advantage of free pesticide container recycling collection in 37 locations across the state from Monday, July 10 until Thursday, Sept. 7. “Man...
July 7, 2017

Driest Parts of South Dakota Miss This Week's Light Rains
UNDATED - For the week ending Sunday, mostly dry conditions continued to lower soil moisture ratings and stress in crops in much of the State. Scattered showers and thunderstorms moved across the southeast and west early in the week. Rainfall amounts were light, with the driest p...
July 6, 2017

South Dakota Farmers Plant Record Soybean Acres
UNDATED - South Dakota producers planted 5.20 million acres of corn for all purposes, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. This is down 7 percent from last year. Of the total acres, 98 percent were planted with biotechnology varieties. Area to be harv...
July 6, 2017

Corn and Soybean Stocks Down, Sorghum Up 134 Percent
UNDATED - South Dakota corn stocks in all positions on June 1, 2017 totaled 281 million bushels, down 4 percent from 2016, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. Of the total, 180 million bushels are stored on farms, down 12 percent from a year ago. Off...
July 6, 2017

North Dakota corn bushels from 2016 could affect corn prices
BISMARCK, N.D. - North Dakota farmers have sold a lot of corn, but the amount of crop left after last year's record production could wreak havoc on local prices. The Bismarck Tribune reports the U.S. Department of Agriculture estimated in March that 215 million bushels of corn w...
June 27, 2017

South Dakota Crop Condition Ratings Decline Slightly
UNDATED - For the week ending Sunday, crop condition ratings declined slightly for all commodities following a mostly dry week, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. The condition of range and pasturelands were also rated lower as drought conditions pe...
June 27, 2017

South Dakota Layers Total 2.8 Million in May
UNDATED - All layers in South Dakota during May 2017 totaled 2.80 million, up from 2.05 million the previous year, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service.South Dakota egg production during May totaled 67.7 million eggs, up from 50.1 million in 2016. May ...
June 27, 2017

R-CALF USA to Testify at USTR NAFTA Hearing
BILLINGS, Mont. - R-CALF USA CEO Bill Bullard is scheduled to testify before a hearing of the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) on Tuesday to discuss his group's recommendations on how to modernize the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).In prepared remarks s...
June 27, 2017

Governor's Agriculture Summit Features Business Succession Planning Panel Discussion
BROOKINGS, S.D. - Jack Davis, SDSU Extension Crops Business Management Field Specialist will be among the panelists discussing business succession planning July 13 during the 2017 Governor's Agricultural Summit, July 12 and 13, at the Dakota Event Center in Aberdeen. To r...
June 26, 2017

SDSU South East Research Farm Summer research Day is July 11, 2017
BROOKINGS, S.D. - SDSU's Southeast Research Farm will host Summer Research Day July 11, 2017 from 1:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the farm located at 29974 University Road, Beresford.  The Research Day will features field tours and indoor presentation highlighting topics...
June 26, 2017

Governor's Agriculture Summit Features Business Succession Planning Panel Discussion
BROOKINGS, S.D. - Jack Davis, SDSU Extension Crops Business Management Field Specialist will be among the panelists discussing business succession planning July 13 during the 2017 Governor's Agricultural Summit, July 12 and 13, at the Dakota Event Center in Aberdeen. To r...
June 25, 2017

RCALF-USA applauds decision to halt imports of fresh Brazilian beef
Billings, Mont. - R-CALF USA CEO Bill Bullard issued the following statement following Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue's announcement that he is halting imports of fresh Brazilian beef.   "We applaud Secretary Perdue's decision to halt imports of fresh Brazilian beef bu...
June 23, 2017

State positioned for growth in biotechnology
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - Experts say South Dakota's agri-business strengths and its emerging health care sector puts the state in a great position for growth in the biotechnology industry. Dr. Christoph Bausch with SAB Biotherapeutics says biotechnology in South Dakota is small, but...
June 22, 2017

S.D. Farmers Union Requests Release of CRP Acres for Livestock Feed
HURON, S.D. - South Dakota Farmers Union joins with other drought-stricken states in requesting that Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) acres be released for livestock owners to utilize as forage to feed their animals.   "This drought is a natural disaster - creating ...
June 21, 2017

S.D. Storms, Some Severe, Deliver Needed Precipitation
UNDATED - For the week ending Sunday, showers and thunderstorms early in the week brought much needed precipitation to parts of the State, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. Localized damage from wind and hail were reported as some storms turned sev...
June 20, 2017

United States Farmers File Suit to Require Country-of-Origin Labeling on Meat Products
BILLINGS, Mont. - The Ranchers-Cattlemen Legal Action Fund, United Stockgrowers of America (R-CALF USA) and Cattle Producers of Washington (CPoW) have filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Washington Monday against the U.S. Department of ...
June 20, 2017

Natural Resources are the Ranch Foundation during Drought
BROOKINGS, S.D. - Drought is here for many cattle producers across South Dakota. With drought come many difficult decisions. At this difficult time, along with their cattle herd, Sean Kelly, SDSU Extension Range Management Field Specialist urges ranchers to consider the natu...
June 19, 2017

Pollinator Week is June 19-25 in South Dakota
PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed June 19-25, 2017, as Pollinator Week in South Dakota. South Dakota is one of the top five honey producing states in the U.S. The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) handles registration and inspection of honey be...
June 19, 2017

Proposed hog operations spark concern in South Dakota county
YANKTON, S.D. - Residents in southeast South Dakota are raising concerns about seven proposed hog operations that have been recommended for conditional-use permits. The Yankton Press & Dakotan  reports that about 100 people attended a six-hour session Tuesday where the ...
June 16, 2017

North Dakota soybean plant developer seeks more investors
JAMESTOWN, N.D. — Developers of a $240 million soybean processing plant in North Dakota are seeking more investors. Minnesota Soybean Processors is investing $60 million in the plant to be built near Spiritwood and will serve as the company's managing member. North Dako...
June 15, 2017

S.D. Winter Wheat Acres Down 39 Percent from 2016
UNDATED- Based on June 1 conditions, South Dakota's 2017 winter wheat crop is forecast at 39.0 million bushels, down 39 percent from last year's crop, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. Average yield is forecast at 50 bushels per acre, down 8 bushel...
June 13, 2017

Preventing Wildfires on the Farm and Ranch
UNDATED - Because of dry conditions across much of the state, the South Dakota Department of Agriculture's Wildland Fire Division (SDWF) urges farmers and ranchers to be prepared in case a wildfire starts while they are baling."Fire safety in the field has two key components -- p...
June 13, 2017

Hot temps, strong winds exacerbate drought in South Dakota
UNDATED - For the week ending Sunday, portions of South Dakota received much needed precipitation late in the week, according to USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. A line of severe thunderstorms affected parts of central and east central South Dakota early Sunday. R...
June 13, 2017

Heat Stress Preparations for Feedlot Cattle
BROOKINGS, S.D. - Summer heat waves pose a serious danger to cattle in feedlots. "Not only is there elevated risk of death loss but there is also the reduction in performance and efficiency to consider," said Warren Rusche, SDSU Extension Beef Feedlot Management Associa...
June 12, 2017

Wheat Growers Names Tracy Linbo as Senior Vice President of Agronomy
ABERDEEN, S.D. - South Dakota Wheat Growers has hired Tracy Linbo as Senior Vice President of Agronomy. Linbo joins Wheat Growers after having served 10 years at DuPont Pioneer where she most recently has held the position of Director, Global Strategy Planning. “The additi...
June 12, 2017

SDSU Extension will Host Cattle AI School June 26, 27 and 28 Near Philip
BROOKINGS, S.D. - SDSU Extension will host a three-day artificial insemination (AI) school beginning 12:30 p.m. (MST) June 26, 2017 at SDSU Cottonwood Livestock and Range Field Station, near Philip (23738 Fairview Rd.). This event is limited to 20 participants. To reserve...
June 12, 2017

SDSU Extension Feed & Forage Finder Connects Livestock Producers with Resources
BROOKINGS, S.D. - SDSU Extension Forage Finder connects livestock producers with forage suppliers. A much needed resource when forage supplies are tight due to current drought conditions across many areas of the state. "Connecting those with hay and forage resources to se...
June 12, 2017

SD Stockgrowers Support Water Legislation without Amendment
RAPID CITY, S.D. - South Dakota Stockgrowers Association Board of Directors voted this week to continue support for the bill granting landowners the right to limit access to their private property.  They did not endorse the amendment which bars private landowners from chargi...
June 10, 2017

Beef Jerky Day to be celebrated Monday, June 12
UNDATED - The Beef Checkoff Program has identified a novel way to help celebrate Beef Jerky Day June 12, with some powerful support from state beef councils. That day, state beef council staffs will deliver beef jerky bouquets created by the beef checkoff to news personalities at...
June 10, 2017

Prairie Dog Control Programs Available through August 15
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Departments of Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) and Agriculture (SDDA) want to remind South Dakota ranchers and producers to contact either department regarding prairie dog encroachment issues. “Assistance is available to private landowners ...
June 7, 2017

Spring Wheat Emerging, But Looking for Moisture
UNDATED - Nearly 90 percent of the U.S. spring wheat crop has emerged, ahead of the average pace of 85 percent. Emergence lags behind average in Montana at 78 percent, but is above average in the other main producing states. Crop condition ratings declined this week as hot, dry, ...
June 7, 2017

R-CALF USA Seeks U.S. Probe into JBS Corruption Scandal
BILLINGS, Mont. - R-CALF USA sent a comprehensive, 11-page request to President Trump, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue for a full investigation and strict antitrust enforcement action in t...
June 7, 2017

June is Dairy Month in South Dakota
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota dairy industry contributes to the economy both locally and statewide. In recognition of those contributions, Gov. Dennis Daugaard has declared June as “Dairy Month” in South Dakota. “South Dakota dairy farmers are an import...
June 7, 2017

Livestock Grazing Starts on the Black Hills National Forest
CUSTER, S.D. - Forest visitors this summer may see livestock grazing on the Black Hills National Forest. Since 1905, the U.S. Congress has authorized regulated livestock grazing through permits on National Forest System Lands. On the Black Hills National Forest, there are approx...
June 7, 2017

Heat lamp blamed for fire that killed baby pheasants, eggs
WAGNER, S.D. - A heat lamp is believed to be the cause of a rural Wagner building fire that killed about 200 baby pheasants and other birds. The Daily Republic reports that the Monday fire was in a building owned by a man who raises upland game birds such as partridge, quail and...
June 7, 2017

Crop Report: S.D. Gets Mostly Dry Conditions Across State
UNDATED - For the week ending Sunday, mostly dry conditions prevailed in South Dakota, according to USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. Temperatures were near or above normal across the State with spotty rainfall in western counties. Soil moisture ratings continued t...
June 6, 2017

June Dairy Month: Unleash the Power of Dairy Nutrition
BROOKINGS, S.D. - June is Dairy Month which means there's no better time to celebrate dairy farmers and the delicious dairy products they bring from the farm to your refrigerator. "Thanks to their hard work, you're able to unleash the power of dairy nutrition," said Ann...
June 5, 2017

Register Now for Summer Sunflower Seminar
UNDATED - Registration is open online at www.sunflowernsa.com/events/2017-NSA-Summer-Seminar/ for the 2017 National Sunflower Assoiation Summer Seminar. This year's Summer Seminar is the 35th annual event. It will be held June 27-29 at the Rushmore Plaza Holiday Inn in Rapid City...
June 5, 2017

Study: Focus on Elk in Yellowstone Brucellosis Fight
UNDATED - A new study says wildlife managers should worry more about elk than bison as they seek to reduce the transmission of brucellosis to cattle in the area around Yellowstone National Park.Brucellosis has been eradicated from the United States with the exception of areas in ...
June 5, 2017

Scotty Philip's Buffalo Herd' Photos at Heritage Center
UNDATED - "Scotty Philip's Buffalo Herd" is the new photo display in the Education Room of the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre.The display, expected to be up through the end of the year, features 11 images, found in the archival collections of the South Dakota State Historical...
May 31, 2017

South Dakota Cattle on Feed Down 4 Percent
UNDATED - South Dakota feedlots, with capacities of 1,000 or more head, contained 255,000 cattle on feed on May 1, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. This inventory was down 4 percent from last year.Placements during April totaled 34,000 head, up 42...
May 31, 2017

Seasonable Temperatures Return to South Dakota
UNDATED - For the week ending Sunday, below normal temperatures continued for many parts of the State, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. Patchy frost was reported in central counties as overnight temperatures fell below freezing Wednesday morning. ...
May 31, 2017

Honeybee losses improve
WASHINGTON (AP) – A U.S. survey of beekeepers finds hope for America's ailing honeybees as winter losses were the lowest in more than a decade. The annual survey released Thursday found beekeepers lost 21 percent of their colonies over last winter. That's the lowest winte...
May 25, 2017

Wet, cool weather slows field work
UNDATED - For the week ending Sunday, cool, wet weather limited fieldwork across parts of South Dakota, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. Daytime high temperatures were 15 to 20 degrees below normal for many locations during the latter half of the ...
May 23, 2017

South Dakota Layers Total 2.75 Million in April
UNDATED - All layers in South Dakota during April 2017 totaled 2.75 million, up from 1.98 million the previous year, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service.South Dakota egg production during April totaled 66 million eggs, up from 47 million in 2016. Apri...
May 23, 2017

Emerald Ash Borer Awareness Week in South Dakota
UNDATED - Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed May 21-27 as Emerald Ash Borer Awareness Week in South Dakota.While it has not yet been discovered in South Dakota, there is concern about the potential introduction of the destructive insect. The ash tree species are commonly used as...
May 23, 2017


BISMARCK, N.D. - North Dakota's Agriculture Department has scheduled this year's round of Project Safe Send chemical collections. The program gives farmers, ranchers, pesticide handlers, government agencies and homeowners a way to dispose of unusable herbicides, insecticides, ro...
May 22, 2017

New generation of cattlemen buy into auction market business
FAITH, SD – An eye for good cattle and a strong belief in price discovery the auction way proved to be a good match for both the seller and the buyer, as the Vance family of Faith Livestock Commission Company announced the sale of the business at their May 15th sale. Stand...
May 16, 2017

North Dakota cattle producers heartened by trade deal
BISMARCK, N.D. - North Dakota cattle producers are cheering the latest industry development - the reopening of the Chinese market to U.S. beef. China is one of the world's largest importers of beef. The country has been closed to U.S. producers for 13 years after mad cow disease...
May 15, 2017

South Dakota company still raising money for ethanol plant
ONIDA, S.D. - A South Dakota company is still working to raise enough money to build a $150 million ethanol plant just south of Onida. The Capital Journal reports that Ringneck Energy CEO Walt Wendland says the company finally has one or two investors willing to give the last p...
May 15, 2017

Getting Cows in Synch: Synchronization Protocols for Cows
BROOKINGS, S.D. - The Beef Reproductive Task Force has released its 2017 recommended synchronization protocols for beef producers. "These recommendations are designed to optimize pregnancy rates," said Taylor Grussing, SDSU Extension Cow/Calf Field Specialist.   Recomme...
May 12, 2017

Thune Statement on U.S. Department of Agriculture Reorganization
WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) today issued the following statement after U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue announced several areas of reorganization within the department, including the creation of undersecretary for trade and foreign...
May 12, 2017

SDDA-Avoid Pesticide Drift During Spraying Season
PIERRE, SD – The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) would like to remind pesticide applicators of drift risk during this spraying season. Applicators should prevent risk of drift to non-target areas or susceptible crops and should evaluate factors such as wind s...
May 12, 2017

NCBA pleased with China import decision
WASHINGTON - National Cattlemen’s Beef Association President Craig Uden today issued the following statement regarding the announcement from the White House that an agreement has been reached that will restore U.S. beef access to China:   “After being locked ou...
May 12, 2017

Dakotas winter wheat crops forecast to be down significantly
FARGO, N.D. - This year's winter wheat crops in the Dakotas are forecast to be down significantly from last year. The Agriculture Department forecasts North Dakota's production to be down 50 percent, to about 2.9 million bushels. The main reason is fewer acres for harvest. In S...
May 11, 2017

Better Weather Yields Progress Planting Wheat
UNDATED - Weather conditions last week were much more conducive to planting as warm, windy conditions allowed fields to dry out and pushed along emergence. Planting of the U.S. spring wheat crop is now 54 percent complete, only slightly behind the average of 60 percent. Planting ...
May 10, 2017

Rounds, colleagues request FSA loan funding
UNDATED - A group of 28 U.S. Senators, including South Dakota's Mike Rounds and John Thune, are asking members of the Senate Ag Appropriations Subcommittee to support the Farm Service Agency's various loan programs. In a letter drafted by Sen. Gary Peters of Michigan, the lawmake...
May 10, 2017

S.D. Begins Week with Snow and Ends in Low 90s
UNDATED - For the week ending Sunday, planting progress advanced on warmer, drier weather, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. A week beginning with rain and snow in some locations ended with daytime highs in the 80s and low 90s statewide. While plan...
May 9, 2017

Faith Fifth Grader Wins South Dakota Arbor Day Poster Contest
PIERRE, S.D. – Elora Gould, a fifth grade student at Faith Elementary School, is the winner of the 2017 South Dakota Arbor Day Poster Contest. The annual Arbor Day Poster Contest is designed to help promote the importance of Arbor Day and tree planting, and is open to all ...
May 2, 2017

S.D. Egg Production Value Down $51.3 Million
UNDATED - The value of egg production in South Dakota during 2016 was $22.5 million, down $51.3 million from $73.8 million in 2015, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service.Egg production in 2016 was estimated at 594 million eggs, down 10 million from the ...
May 2, 2017

Snow and Ice Affect Parts of South Dakota
UNDATED - For the week ending Sunday, wet and unseasonably cold weather impacted much of the State, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. Snow and ice affected parts of western and northeastern South Dakota early in the week. Rain and snow were prevale...
May 2, 2017

Over 250,000 support Checkoff Reform
WASHINGTON, D.C. - In letters to the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives , more than 80 organizations, representing over 250,000 ranchers, farmers and businesses called on Congress to fix the federal government's failed commodity checkoff tax programs by supporting recent...
April 27, 2017

EPA to hold hearings on insitu uranium mining
PIERRE, SD – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will hold public meetings regarding a proposal for an 11,000 acre in situ mine, north of Edgemont, SD. Last week, the South Dakota Board of Minerals and Environment held a teleconference with the federal agency for an u...
April 25, 2017

Study shows income decline for farmers, ranchers in 2016
MITCHELL, S.D. - Farms enrolled with the South Dakota Center for Farm and Ranch Management reported a 68 percent decrease in their net income. More than 100 farms, mostly located in eastern South Dakota, are part of the program run by Mitchell Technical Institute. Statistics fro...
April 24, 2017

North Dakotans urged to learn about devastating weed
BISMARCK, N.D. - North Dakota's Agriculture Department is urging people to learn about a weed that it says could devastate the state's farming industry. Palmer Amaranth hasn't been found in the state yet. But Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring says it's been confirmed in Sou...
April 24, 2017

North Dakota potato stocks up 22 percent over the year
FARGO, N.D. - Potato stocks in North Dakota are down 22 percent from a year ago. The Agriculture Department says in its latest report that growers, dealers and processors in the state held 7.2 million hundredweight of potatoes in storage on April 1, down from 9.2 million a year ...
April 24, 2017

HOSTA Dates Set for Youth Farm and Ranch Workers
UNDATED - SDSU Extension will be conducting two Hazardous Occupations Safety Training for Agriculture courses May 25-26 in Philip and May 31-June 1 in Mitchell. Youth planning to work on a farm or ranch this summer are encouraged to attend."If youth are 14 or 15 and working on a ...
April 19, 2017

Planting of spring wheat, oats halfway done in South Dakota
UNDATED - For the week ending Sunday, winter made a brief return to portions of South Dakota early in the week, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. Snow, sleet, and freezing rain prompted winter weather advisories in central and eastern counties on M...
April 18, 2017

R-CALF USA Launches Public Petition to Ban Brazilian Beef Until COOL Is Reinstated
Billings, Mont. - In a public We the People petition launched today and promoted on its Website, Facebook and Twitter pages, R-CALF USA seeks 100,000 signatures during the next 30 days to call on the Trump Administration to ban imports of Brazilian beef until all beef sold in U.S...
April 15, 2017

R-CALF USA to Discuss State of U.S. Cattle Industry in Ohio
Billings, Mont.-The statewide Ohio cattle association, Buckeye Quality Beef Association, will host a public meeting featuring R-CALF USA CEO Bill Bullard to explain the precarious state of the U.S. cattle industry and offer solutions with which to strengthen it. There is no cos...
April 15, 2017

Mediation Services Available for Farmers and Ranchers
PIERRE, S.D.- The South Dakota Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Mediation Program is available for farmers and ranchers in financial distress. “The Agricultural Mediation Program has been around since the 1980s; although it has evolved over the years and adde...
April 13, 2017

Time to Revisit Drought Plans for the Ranch
UNDATED - In light of the dry range conditions forecast for much of central and western South Dakota, cattle producers are encouraged to review their drought management plans."Recently released grass production estimates show dry conditions spreading across areas of central and w...
April 12, 2017

SD Stockgrowers to Host Area Meeting Near Eagle Butte on April 27
RAPID CITY, S.D. - The South Dakota Stockgrowers Association (SDSGA) encourages everyone involved in the livestock industry to make plans to attend an Area Meeting at Fox Ridge Ag Supply on Thursday, April 27, 2017 at 6pm for a free supper and discussion about current livestock i...
April 12, 2017

South Dakota Progresses on Small-Grain Seeding
UNDATED - For the week ending Sunday, small grain seeding progressed aided by above average temperatures, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. Cool temperatures and scattered showers early in the week gave way to warmer weather by week's end. Saturday...
April 11, 2017

Industry trade groups object to expanded USDA animal trace plan
Billings, Mont. - In a joint letteraddressed to President Trump and Acting Secretary of Agriculture Michael Young, four groups ask for the cancellation of the seven upcoming meetings scheduled by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to address the agency's plans to expand it...
April 11, 2017

Court Decision Prompts GFP Action on Non-Meandered Waters
UNDATED - In compliance with the recent Supreme Court ruling in Duerre v. Hepler, the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) is closing Department-managed boat launches on non-meandered bodies of water."Recreational access to non-meandered waters is a complex issue that has impa...
April 10, 2017

USDA Collecting Data on Farmland Rental Rates
UNDATED - In February, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics Service began contacting South Dakota farmers and ranchers to gather land rental rate information. The results of the Cash Rents and Leases survey will serve as a valuable decisionmaking ...
April 10, 2017

Groups Ask President to Shut Down USDA's Animal ID Road Tour
BILLINGS, Mont. - In a joint letteraddressed to President Trump and Acting Secretary of Agriculture Michael Young, four groups ask for the cancellation of the seven upcoming meetings scheduled by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to address the agency's plans to expand it...
April 10, 2017

Stocks of most farm commodities up in North Dakota
FARGO, N.D. - Stocks of most farm commodities in North Dakota are up compared to a year ago. That could reflect more farmers storing their crops in the hope prices will rise. The Agriculture Department says in its latest report that all wheat stocks in the state as of March 1 t...
April 8, 2017

South Dakota sees record pig production
PIERRE, S.D. - South Dakota's 900 pig growers ranked third-best in the nation with a record number of pigs per litter in a recent three-month span. The Pierre Capital Journal reports the state was only behind Nebraska and Minnesota, reaching 11.3 pigs per litter. Glenn Muller, ...
April 8, 2017

Group asks NDSU to stop using pigs in trauma training
FARGO, N.D. - A group of doctors is offering to pay for a surgical simulator if North Dakota State University stops using live animals for its trauma life support training. The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine says it will pick up the $3,235 tab for the simulator if...
April 6, 2017

Yankton County Commission approves expansion of hog facility
YANKTON, S.D. - The Yankton County Commission has approved the expansion of a hog facility southeast of Lesterville, despite a number of area residents expressing concerns about the operation. The commission voted 4-1 Tuesday in favor of granting a conditional-use permit for th...
April 5, 2017

Governor's Ag Ambassador Nominations Sought
UNDATED - The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) is seeking nominations for the 2017 South Dakota Governor's Ag Ambassador Award."South Dakotans have long valued servant leadership, hard work, honesty, humility and respect for others," said Secretary of Agriculture Mik...
April 4, 2017

Most South Dakota Grain Stocks Up Double Digits
UNDATED - South Dakota corn stocks in all positions on March 1, 2017 totaled 479 million bushels, up 10 percent from 2016, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. Of the total, 310 million bushels are stored on farms, up 13 percent from a year ago. Off-f...
April 4, 2017

Soil Moisture Adequate as S.D. Spring Fieldwork Begins
UNDATED - For the week ending Sunday, spring fieldwork and small grain seeding began in some parts of the State, with soil moisture conditions rated primarily adequate, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. Weather conditions were generally favorable f...
April 4, 2017

May 1 Deadline for Brand Rerecording or Registration
PIERRE, S.D.- Brand owners in South Dakota whose brand or brands were cancelled in May of 2015, have until May 1, 2017 to rerecord their brands.  The last renewal period was in 2015. Any brand registration in 2015 that was not renewed and paid for has been cancelled. The br...
April 4, 2017

South Dakota farmers to seed less corn, wheat, more soybeans
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - South Dakota farmers are planning to seed less corn and wheat this year but more soybeans. It's a trend playing out in many states, with surpluses of corn and wheat in storage in the U.S. The Agriculture Department says in its prospective plantings report th...
April 3, 2017

Otter appeals dismissal of Idaho sage grouse lawsuit
BOISE, Idaho - Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter is appealing the dismissal of his sage grouse lawsuit against the federal government. Otter late last week filed the notice appealing to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. Otter sued in September 2015 after feder...
March 31, 2017

SD Stockgrowers Call for Ban on Brazil Beef and Reinstatement of COOL
RAPID CITY, S.D. - The South Dakota Stockgrowers Association called on Senators Thune and Rounds, and Congresswoman Kristi Noem to implement an immediate ban on Brazilian beef imports and work to reinstate labeling for beef in the United States. The request came in response to ne...
March 29, 2017

R-CALF USA Praises Bipartisan Beef Checkoff Reform Legislation
BILLINGS, Mont. - Today, bipartisan legislation was reintroduced in the U.S. Senate to reform the most prominent government subsidy program in the U.S. cattle industry - the national beef checkoff program, which generates about $80 million annually from government-mandated produc...
March 29, 2017

Hard winter challenges Wyoming livestock producers
POWELL, Wyo. - The snowy, cold winter caused challenges for some Wyoming livestock producers. Regan Smith, who raises sheep, cattle and crops northeast of Powell, says it was a constant struggle to make sure sheep and cattle were protected from the worst of the weather. Smith t...
March 27, 2017

Study: Livestock grazing can benefit struggling bird species
BILLINGS, Mont. - A new study suggests some livestock grazing can benefit a ground-dwelling bird that's suffered a dramatic population decline across its 11-state range in the U.S. West. Grazing on land occupied by greater sage grouse has been frequently cited as a reason for t...
March 27, 2017

South Dakota cattle on feed down 7-percent
UNDATED - South Dakota feedlots, with capacities of 1,000 or more head, contained 250,000 cattle on feed on March 1, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. This inventory was down 7 percent from last year.Placements during February totaled 44,000 head, ...
March 27, 2017

Hog operation plan faces backlash in northeast South Dakota
ABERDEEN, S.D. - A decision on a planned hog operation in northeast South Dakota has been delayed until next month after owners of nearby properties voiced concerns. The Aberdeen American News reports about 30 people voiced their opinions during a Tuesday meeting of the Brown Co...
March 23, 2017

Volunteer Fire Assistance Grants Now Open
RAPID CITY, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Agriculture’s Wildland Fire Division (SDWF) is accepting grant applications for the Volunteer Fire Assistance (VFA) program through April 30, 2017. The VFA program provides volunteer fire departments (VFDs) funding th...
March 23, 2017

North Dakota tops in honey production for 13th straight year
FARGO, N.D. - North Dakota was tops in the nation in honey production in 2016 for the 13th consecutive year. The Agriculture Department says North Dakota producers with five or more colonies made 37.8 million pounds of honey last year, up 4 percent from the previous year. The 4...
March 23, 2017

S.D. Farmers Union President Urges Trump to Reinstate COOL for Public Health Reasons
HURON, S.D. - South Dakota Farmers Union President, Doug Sombke joins National Farmers Union in urging President Trump to reinstate Country-of-Origin Labeling (COOL) of beef and other meat products for public health reasons. "Without COOL, consumers don't know where their meat i...
March 22, 2017

Immigration Appeals office takes another look at EB-5 center in South Dakota
WASHINGTON, DC – After recommending South Dakota’s immigrant-investor program be terminated because of multiple financial scandals, the Administrative Appeals Office of the U.S. Citizenship Immigration Services is now recommending it be remanded for further review.&nb...
March 22, 2017

Landowners can enroll in Block Management Program
HELENA, MT - Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) is enrolling new landowners in Region 7 who are interested in participating in the Block Management Program. Block Management is a cooperative effort between landowners and FWP to help manage public hunting activities and provid...
March 20, 2017

Rodeo world loses two legends of the sport
STURGIS, SD – The rodeo world has lost two legends this month with the passing of rodeo announcer Hadley Barrett and famed rodeo stock contractor Harry Vold.  A native of North Platte, NE.  who made his home in Colorado, Barrett’s was perhaps the most recog...
March 14, 2017

Farm Rescue nonprofit gets annual day of recognition
HORACE, N.D. - The Farm Rescue farm aid nonprofit in the Northern Plains is getting an annual day of recognition. The National Day Calendar has proclaimed the third Thursday of March as "National Farm Rescuer Day," beginning next year. It coincides with National Agriculture Week...
March 10, 2017

Bird flu outbreak worries poultry industry
CHATTANOOGA, TN – After surviving the largest and most expensive animal disease outbreak in U.S. history, South Dakota’s turkey, chicken and egg producers – with federal assistance – have worked hard to rid themselves of the avian bird flu that killed over...
March 6, 2017

Midwest, Wyoming lawmakers target wolf protections again
MINNEAPOLIS - Pressure is building in Congress to take gray wolves in the western Great Lakes region and Wyoming off the endangered list, which would allow farmers to kill the animals if they threaten their livestock. Representatives from Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan and Wyomi...
February 27, 2017

South Dakota Cattle on Feed Down 8 Percent
UNDATED - South Dakota feedlots, with capacities of 1,000 or more head, contained 240,000 cattle on feed on February 1, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. This inventory was down 8 percent from last year.Placements during January totaled 45,000 head...
February 27, 2017

S.D. County-Level Commodity Estimates Released
UNDATED - County-level estimates for 2016 row crops are now available, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. The estimates, based primarily on surveys conducted with farmers and ranchers last fall, can be accessed using the QuickStats online database, ...
February 27, 2017

Funding solution at hand for new state animal disease lab
PIERRE, SD – It’s not often that ag related industries and organizations all agree on something.  But that’s what happened at the state capitol this week when aggies put their heads together to find funding for a new animal disease laboratory at South Dakot...
February 23, 2017

Honey: Sweet topic with new data this spring
UNDATED - Every day, National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) statisticians work hard to produce timely, accurate and useful statistics to U.S agriculture. In addition to producing hundreds of reports each year on crops, livestock and economic indicators for the agricultur...
February 22, 2017

New equipment speeds response to animal diseases
UNDATED - When scours, pink eye or respiratory disease strikes a cow-calf herd or feedlot pen, quick and accurate diagnosis of the culprit pathogen is key to containing the damage.A new instrument has enabled veterinarians at the Nebraska Veterinary Diagnostic Center at the Unive...
February 22, 2017

Number of North Dakota farms and ranches drops slightly
FARGO, N.D. - The number of farms and ranches in North Dakota dropped slightly last year. The federal Agriculture Department estimates 29,800 agricultural operations in the state in 2016, down 200 from 2015. The number of small farms and ranches in terms of sales increased, whi...
February 21, 2017

Keep watch over young cows during calving
UNDATED - For the long-term health of the cow herd, it's important to give some extra attention to first-calf heifer pairs during calving so they remain healthy and are ready to breed back in the spring. "Frequent observation of first-calf heifers and good recordkeeping around c...
February 20, 2017

Storm to serve second term as South Dakota Pork Council President
UNDATED - The South Dakota Pork Producers Council (SDPPC) elected Ryan Storm, a pork producer from Mount Vernon to serve as president for a second term. "I am honored to be selected to represent the South Dakota Pork Producers Council as their President for a second year. I feel...
February 20, 2017

Wetter than average spring predicted
UNDATED - Wetter-than-average conditions are expected across South Dakota through the spring, according to the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration's Climate Outlook. "Beginning in March, the outlook shows an increased probability of wetter than average conditions, especi...
February 20, 2017

South Dakota Farm Numbers Lower
UNDATED - South Dakota's number of farms and ranches declined during 2016, according to USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. The number of farms and ranches in the State, at 31,000, was down 300 farms from 2015. Numbers of farms and ranches in South Dakota with less ...
February 20, 2017

South Dakota’s Cammack Family Nationally Recognized for Stewardship Efforts
UNDATED - The National Association of Conservation Districts honored some of our country’s most influential conservation leaders during NACD’s 71st Annual Meeting in Denver, CO. The South Dakota 2017 Legislature then applauded and recognized by commemoration one of th...
February 18, 2017

FFA Members across the country to celebrate FFA Week
INDIANAPOLIS – Agriculture is part of our daily lives—from the food we eat to the clothes we wear. Next week, more than 649,000 FFA members will celebrate the role agriculture plays in our lives while sharing the message of agricultural education as part of National F...
February 16, 2017

South Dakota Producers Chosen for Oversight Board
PIERRE, S.D. - Three South Dakota cattle producers have new leadership roles with the Cattleman's Beef Promotion and Research Board (CBB). The CBB oversees the collection of $1-per-head on all cattle sold in the U.S. and $1-per-head-equivalent on imported cattle, beef and beef pr...
February 15, 2017

Bison, cars endangered by deep snow in Wyoming's Grand Teton
JACKSON HOLE, Wyo. - Unusually deep snow in Grand Teton National Park has made life dangerous for bison lumbering on the park's only plowed highway and for motorists traveling the route. The bison weighing up to 2,000 pounds prefer using the road instead of struggling through 3 ...
February 15, 2017

Martina McBride to headline SDCA Foundation Prime Time Gala
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - This morning at the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center, the South Dakota Cattlemen's Foundation (SDCF) revealed details of the Fourth Annual Prime Time Gala, an upscale banquet and country music concert that raises funds to fight hunger in South Dakota through Feedi...
February 15, 2017

Waste Pesticide Disposal Program Hits 1 Million Pounds
UNDATED - The South Dakota Department of Agriculture's (SDDA) waste pesticide disposal program has topped the one million pound mark since the program began in 1993.This year SDDA staff collected over 128,000 pounds of waste pesticide, putting the program over the one million pou...
February 9, 2017

Minnesota co-op plans to build soybean plant in North Dakota
FARGO, N.D. - A Minnesota cooperative plans to build a $240 million soybean processing plant in North Dakota. Officials with Minnesota Soybean Processors, or MnSP, say the co-op has selected a site on 150 acres near Spiritwood, in eastern North Dakota. The group says the facilit...
February 8, 2017

South Dakota Pulse Processors plant opens for business
HARROLD, S.D. - The $4.5 million South Dakota Pulse Processors plant is officially open for business. The (Pierre) Capital Journal reports that the plant in Harrold began running for a few days last week but is expected to be in full swing from now on. The plant receives peas f...
February 4, 2017

South Dakota livestock in good shape after January storm
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - South Dakota livestock appear to be in fairly good shape despite some rough weather in January, particularly in the south. The Agriculture Department says in its monthly crop report that a large storm with heavy snow late in the month created difficult co...
February 3, 2017

Commodity Price Stabilization Expected in 2017
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – After a volatile year, stability is returning to global commodity markets, at least for the time being, said CattleFax CEO Randy Blach this morning during the popular CattleFax Outlook Session at the 2017 Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show.&ld...
February 2, 2017

North Dakota Ranch Recognized With National Stewardship Award
NASHVILLE, TENN. – Black Leg Ranch of McKenzie, N.D., was named national 2016 winner of the prestigious Environmental Stewardship Award Program (ESAP) for its commitment to protecting America’s natural resources in a flourishing operation . The award, presented this w...
February 2, 2017

Adding Value to the Beef Carcass
UNDATED - A typical beef animal can produce a carcass that weighs between 700 and 900 pounds. Approximately 50% of that weight consists of the chuck (fore quarter or shoulder portion) and the round (hind quarter). Traditionally the chuck and round are fabricated into either 1) ro...
February 1, 2017

Undergraduates to Explore Precision Livestock Production
UNDATED - College freshmen and sophomores interested in agriculture can learn about precision livestock production through a new training program, according to associate professor Michael Gonda of the South Dakota State University animal science department.Gonda leads the summer ...
January 26, 2017

Potential Drought Improvement for Western South Dakota
UNDATED - As South Dakota faces yet another winter storm, the climate outlooks for early spring have been released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) which allows us to look to the end of the 2017 winter season."Precipitation outlooks for the next three...
January 26, 2017

S.D. Egg Production Nearly Double from 2015
UNDATED - All layers in South Dakota during December 2016 totaled 2.79 million, up from 1.59 million the previous year, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service.South Dakota egg production during December totaled 69.4 million eggs, up from 36.6 million in ...
January 25, 2017

Applications open for Rypkema Memorial Colt Award
RAPID CITY, SD – Applications are open through January 21, 2017 for a chance to win a registered Quarter Horse colt from a reputation horse breeding family. The Memorial Colt Award made possible by the Lloyd Rypkema family of Rapid City, SD, is presented to the entry that ...
January 18, 2017

Young producers, ag professionals event planned
SIOUX FALLS, SD – Young ranchers and farmers will have an opportunity to spend time with their peers in both educational and social settings when the Young Farmers & Ranchers Conference gets underway in Sioux Falls, January 20-21, 2017.  Event organizer Heather Mau...
January 17, 2017

Winter wheat plantings at long-time lows in South Dakota
PIERRE, S.D. — Winter wheat plantings in South Dakota last fall totaled only 900,000 acres, down nearly one-fourth from the previous year to one of the lowest levels in years. In its first estimate of the crop Thursday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reported the numbe...
January 17, 2017

Beef, Banking and Reality: SDSU Extension hosts Cow/Calf Winter Workshop in Union Center & Mitchell
UNDATED - Surviving economic downturns in beef markets without negatively impacting the long-term production and longevity of operations will be the focus of the SDSU Extension cow/calf winter workshops. SDSU Extension will host the cow/calf workshops January 23, 2017 in Union...
January 9, 2017

New Degree Developed for Careers in Biotech Industry
UNDATED - South Dakota's biotech industries are projecting substantial growth for the next several years, and the University Center at the University of South Dakota is responding with programs that will train skilled workers to handle chemical and biological research."In the las...
January 4, 2017

USDA Rural Economic Development Apps Due Dec. 31
U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Under Secretary Lisa Mensah announced that the department is seeking applications from eligible applicants to undertake economic development and job creation projects and activities in rural areas.Funding is being provided by the Rural Econ...
December 29, 2016

S.D. Layers Up 1.56 Million from 2015
UNDATED - All layers in South Dakota during November 2016 totaled 2.74 million, up from 1.56 million the previous year, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service.South Dakota egg production during November totaled 63.5 million eggs, up from 34.2 million in ...
December 29, 2016

South Dakota Cattle on Feed Down 2 Percent
UNDATED - South Dakota feedlots, with capacities of 1,000 or more head, contained 245,000 cattle on feed on December 1, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. This inventory was down 2 percent from last year.Placements during November totaled 50,000 hea...
December 27, 2016

State Hog Inventory Up 7 Percent
UNDATED - South Dakota inventory of all hogs and pigs on December 1, 2016, was 1.45 million head, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. This was up 7 percent from December 1, 2015, and up 3 percent from September 1, 2016.Breeding hog inventory, at 190,...
December 27, 2016

S.D. Farmers Union President Supports Farmer Fair Practices Rules
HURON, S.D. - South Dakota Farmers Union President, Doug Sombke supports today's announcement that the Farmer Fair Practices Rules have been released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA). "These rules are d...
December 15, 2016

Conducting a Ranch Inventory
UNDATED - Completing a ranch inventory is the first step in the strategic planning process, but it also helps provide a current overview of the operation, explained Sean Kelly, SDSU Extension Range Management Field Specialist."During times of belt-tightening, it's imperative to m...
December 7, 2016

Tougher penalties for shooting livestock in Wyoming sought
LARAMIE, Wyo. - Ranchers in Wyoming say there's been an increase in people shooting livestock and the Legislature should enact more severe penalties for that crime. Wyoming Farm Bureau spokesman Brett Moline says people have been shooting livestock on both private and public lan...
November 26, 2016

Farmers in Wyoming, Montana see record sugar beet harvests
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - Record sugar beet harvests will keep refineries busy making sugar longer than usual. The Billings Gazette reports the U.S. Department of Agriculture projects the worldwide demand for sugar will outpace supply. Randall Jobman of Western Sugar Cooperative s...
November 28, 2016


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