- When it comes to improving and maintaining the health of soil, there’s no universal recipe that works for everyone. Whether the method is planting cover crops, reducing tillage, incorporating crop rotation or a combination of practices, a growing number of farmers are making a commitment to improve the soil that nourishes their crops. “There’s no […]

- Two organizations representing South Dakota corn farmers have added new members to their boards of directors. Justin Minnaert, a 25-year-old farmer from Madison, is the newest member of the South Dakota Corn Utilization Council board. He will fill the District 2 seat that was held by Al Miron, who passed away last November. Mike Nickolas, […]

- As the United States continues to spar and negotiate with its trading partners, the message from rural America grows louder and clearer: Farmers want trade, not aid. In recent weeks and months, trade has been turned topsy-turvy. The U.S. and China are in a full-blown trade war, no deal has been reached on NAFTA and […]

- The interim CEO of the National Corn Growers Association is at no loss for words when he’s asked about the contribution Keith Alverson of Chester made during two terms on the NCGA board of directors. “Thisis my third ag trade association in a 30-year career, and I just haven’t run into many people who have […]

- Editor’s note: There’s an outstanding lineup of speakers on tap for the South Dakota Corn Growers Association’s 33rd annual meeting, which will be held Jan. 19, 2019. In our online Emerge newsletter, we will profile one speaker each month. First up is Eric Snodgrass. Eric Snodgrass became fascinated with weather when he was in college, […]

Farmers Want Trade, Not Aid

- The recent announcement of $12 billion in aid for farmers affected by trade tariffs has not been welcome news for the agriculture community. A stable global economy is the best way for the agriculture industry—and South Dakota corn farmers—to prosper. Nations must work together to meet the burgeoning consumer demands of a growing population that […]

Make Your Voice Heard on Ag Policy

- You turn on the TV, and there it is again—more political news from Washington, D.C. Although South Dakota is a thousand miles from the capital, what happens there can have a major impact on farmers here in the Heartland. Influencing agricultural policy to benefit South Dakota corn farmers is more important than ever. The South […]

A Win for Everyone: Improve Your Land, Provide Wildlife Habitat, Get Paid

- Farmers and landowners have one major thing in common—they want to take care of the land and help it be productive, whether that’s growing a crop or supporting wildlife. It’s in that very spirit that the South Dakota Corn Growers Association (SDCGA) is partnering with Pheasants Forever to promote the Saline Soils Initiative. SDCGA has provided […]

- On a sunny, calm June morning, you should typically find farmers out in the field, spraying or haying or otherwise working on the farm. It’s never a good day when tractors that should be in the fields take to the streets of Sioux Falls because things are going awry in Washington, D.C. South Dakota agriculture […]

E15 Could Boost South Dakota’s Ag Economy

- South Dakota is an ethanol powerhouse. Our state, while one of the least populated in the U.S., churns out 1.016 billion gallons of ethanol per year, 7 percent of the U.S. total ethanol, from 15 ethanol plants, with one ethanol plant under construction. Those plants employ hundreds of workers, representing more than $2 billion in […]