According to a release last week from South Dakota’s USDA-NASS office, corn was once again listed as the state’s top commodity when it comes to economic activity. In 2011, corn grown in South Dakota was responsible for $2.879 billion in cash receipt values, up from $2.065 billion in 2010. The crop’s economic impact goes well beyond that mark as the state has an abundance of value-added opportunities including livestock, dairy and 15 corn ethanol plants.
“The rise in demand for food, feed and clean fuel from nations around the globe and at home has led to an increase in both corn prices and production in South Dakota,” said South Dakota Corn Utilization Council President Chad Blindauer, a farmer from Mitchell. “South Dakota farmers continue to meet those needs at home and abroad by leading the nation in adapting to seed biotechnology, a growth in the use of precision agriculture equipment and improved practices like no-till and cover crops.”