Ethanol Plants Use Over Half of SD Corn

- If anyone ever asks you how important ethanol is to South Dakota’s economy, you can summarize with three facts. Agriculture is the state’s No. 1 industry. Corn is the state’s No. 1 crop. Ethanol production consumes more than half of the corn that’s harvested in South Dakota. That’s right, more than half. In 2018, South […]

Corn Congress: Paving a Policy Path

- Each summer, South Dakota Corn board and staff members gather with leaders from other state associations in Washington, D.C. for Corn Congress, a series of action team and committee meetings, policy-setting sessions and visits with their respective state’s congressional delegation. South Dakota Corn Growers Association President Doug Noem says this is an important event for […]

Ethanol industry is in ongoing battle

- Things never come easy for the ethanol industry. Even in a time when there’s more awareness than ever about the need for clean and renewable energy, being friendly to the environment and supporting domestic economies, our nation’s policies aren’t very friendly to ethanol. It seems like every victory is followed by another roadblock. A little […]

FSA accepting applications for CFAP funds

- South Dakota farmers and ranchers who were already hammered by low prices, last year’s flooding and the U.S.-China trade war were rocked again by the COVID-19 pandemic. Fortunately, the federal government is providing some relief through the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP). An application period for the new program opened May 26. Farmers can apply […]

Despite hurdles, ag trade is making gains

- The coronavirus pandemic has hammered the U.S. economy, including exports of agricultural products. However, as countries around the world start to reopen their economies, there is renewed optimism that export markets will rebound. And a strong export market would certainly be a welcome boost to the entire agriculture industry. According to the U.S. Department of […]

Economic recovery will take time, effort

- Every day, it seems that we hear or read news reports about these “uncertain times.” But when is there ever really certainty? That’s particularly true in agriculture. Is there ever certainty that you’ll get all of your acres planted? That a field won’t get hailed or drowned out? That a blizzard won’t hit during calving […]

Planting season gets off to a good start

- South Dakota farmers are off and running. A year after planting was an impossible task in many parts of the state because of flooding, planters are rolling across fields in a widespread area. “This is as close to perfect as it gets,” Ross Hanson of Garretson said by phone as he made a pass across […]

Farming and COVID-19: Put plan in place

- Farmers had a lot on their minds heading into spring. Coming off of a flood-ravaged 2019 growing season, low grain prices and the prospect of fields being dry enough to plant were shaky. Then they received another major kick in the teeth with the outbreak of the coronavirus, which has further battered the agricultural economy. […]

Prevented Plant acres management scenarios

- Prevented Plant Acres in South Dakota Management Scenarios for 2020 By Natural Natural Resources Conservation Service South Dakota  As farmers prepare for the spring 2020 planting season, many are drawing on the accumulated knowledge gained from the almost 4 million Prevented Plant (PP) acres in South Dakota in 2019. Here are five Prevented Plant field […]

Agricultural Trade Remains a Top Priority

- The coronavirus pandemic has dealt an economic blow to many U.S. industries, and agriculture is certainly no exception. Grain and livestock prices have taken a hit, grain basis is getting smashed on rail values and ethanol plants have had to cut production. But despite the outbreak, people and animals everywhere still need to eat. And […]