EPA Waivers Are Hammering Agriculture

- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s recent decision to grant 31 small-refinery biofuel waivers is a huge blow to the ethanol industry and to South Dakota farmers. This decision destroys demand for 1.4 billion gallons of ethanol, lowering the Renewable Fuels Standard 10 percent. To put that in perspective, South Dakota plants produce one billion gallons […]

E-newsletter Ends in Favor of Blog, Other Outreach

- At South Dakota Corn, we’re always looking for the best ways to communicate with you, our state’s farmers. Whether it’s through mailings, our website, social media, emails or our Corn Comments, it’s important for us to update you on current issues and let you know about upcoming events. We’re not afraid to try new methods. […]

Corn Comments – August 5

- The 2019 South Dakota Agricultural Economics Contribution study has recently been released and there are so many interesting stats.  Listen to this week’s Corn Comments to hear some of them.

Conservation Programs Offer Options

- At a time when farmers are dealing with severe weather problems and low commodity prices, it’s no surprise there’s rising interest in conservation programs. Farmers are trying to determine the best avenues to deal with unproductive ground, protect unplanted acres and improve their land. Jeff Vander Wilt with the Natural Resources Conservation District (NRCS) recommends […]

Glyphosate Undergoes Registration Review

- At South Dakota Corn, we’re focused on promoting South Dakota agriculture and on helping our members increase and protect their productivity and profitability. One of our goals is to work toward ensuring that farmers have the tools they need to solve their own problems and make their decisions. We know our state’s growers will be […]

Spring 2019: Lasting Impacts and Lessons Learned

- This year’s moisture of epic proportions has been devastating for some parts of South Dakota. The problems actually began last year, according to SDSU Extension Soils Field Specialist Anthony Bly. Some areas picked up a great deal of rain last summer, and going into fall, combines were getting stuck, equipment was leaving ruts in fields […]

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 […]