EPA Approves Year-round E15, but Continues to Give Exemptions to Refineries

- Like all things in farming these days, every bit of good news seems to be followed by a cause for concern. The recent announcement allowing E15 fuel to be sold year-round is certainly a win for South Dakota farmers. However, the EPA’s ongoing policy of issuing Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) waivers to refineries continues to […]

Reaching People in All the Right Places

- Where do urban and rural South Dakotans of all ages gather (besides church)? Sporting events! There’s nothing that brings folks together like high school, college and professional sports. And that’s why South Dakota Corn has broken the agricultural advertising mold and uses these venues to reach consumers. School activities are immensely popular statewide, allowing South […]

Cold, Wet Spring May Prompt Prevented Planting Claims

- After enduring one of the worst winters in memory, South Dakota farmers were hoping for favorable spring planting conditions. But that’s not what we got. Moisture just keeps coming. In some parts of the state, portions of fields are still flooded. And warm, sunny days—the kind that warm up soils—have been few and far between. […]

Applications Due May 10 for Conservation Stewardship Program

- Farmers who want to enroll in the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) during 2019 have until May 10 to submit applications. CSP, which is funded by the United State Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Services (NRCS), helps farmers and ranchers take management practices on their acres to the next level. Acronyms aside, CSP is […]

2019 Crop Season Weather Outlook

- The early spring floodwaters, exacerbated by record precipitation events, have finally started to recede. But don’t take off your muck boots yet. According to Extension State Climatologist Laura Edwards with South Dakota State University (SDSU) Extension, the wet weather is going to stick around for a while. “For April and even through May and June, […]

2019 Dicamba Usage Update

- As we wait for spring planting to begin, it’s a good time to review South Dakota’s dicamba guidelines, which have been updated for 2019. Tom Gere, agricultural services assistant division director at the South Dakota Department of Agriculture, shares the biggest change. “For 2019, June 30 is the last day that dicamba products can be […]

Corn Growers, Council elect officers

Corn Growers, Council elect officers

- Two organizations that represent South  corn farmers have elected officers for the following year. The South Dakota Corn Growers Association board of directors elected Doug Noem of Bryant as president, Scott Stahl of Emery as vice president and Jeff Burg of Wessington Springs as secretary/treasurer. Noem and Stahl move up from vice president and secretary/treasurer […]

SD Corn Growers Association Made an Impact in Pierre

- The 2019 South Dakota Legislative Session has wrapped up, and we want to take a moment to reflect on the accomplishments. It’s been an interesting year. South Dakota legislators filed 460 bills this year—100 fewer than last year, but still more than the 2017 and 2016 legislative sessions. There were no bills focusing on water […]

Agriculture Is the Lifeblood of South Dakota

- What would South Dakota look like without the agriculture industry? It would be vastly different than the state we have today, from the smallest towns to the largest cities. Our state is fortunate to have an industry that not only feeds the world, but also provides economic opportunities and jobs for South Dakota citizens. South […]

SD Corn Still Blazing the Trail for Ethanol in South Dakota

- South Dakota Corn was the catalyst for the state’s ethanol industry and has led the way for it to grow into what it is today. SD Corn will always fight to move ethanol forward. South Dakota’s ethanol industry started in 1988 with the first plant in Scotland. Today, our state boasts 15 ethanol plants, with […]