- Federal officials don’t make frequent visits to South Dakota, so a group of farmers took advantage of an August opportunity to meet with a commissioner of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission. Commissioner Brian Quintenz stopped at the Charles Stahl family farm near Bridgewater where he exchanged information and ideas with five directors of South […]

- South Dakota’s annual pheasant brood survey confirmed what farmers in several regions of the state believed: there’s a considerably larger population of the state bird this year. The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) survey shows a 47 percent increase over last year. The survey found 2.47 pheasants per mile, a 47 percent increase from 1.68 in 2017. “I […]

- Aided by a Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) grant, South Dakota will soon have a field manager dedicated to helping farmers throughout the state improve the health of their soil. The Natural Resources Conservation Service, South Dakota Corn and the Soil Health Partnership (SHP) are partnering in the project. An NRCS grant will provide $75,000 […]

- Trade wars, NAFTA, tariffs and more tariffs. Mexico, Canada, China and the European Union. Trade has been a burning issue in 2018, and many South Dakotans are eager for favorable resolutions to the spats between the United States and its trading partners. At the top of the list are those involved in agriculture. Scott VanderWal, […]

- 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. Each month, we’ll profile one of them. This time it’s Ed Duggan, a senior risk management specialist with Top Third Ag Marketing. This fall, many farmers will be […]

Corn Powers South Dakota’s Ag Economy

- What would South Dakota look like without corn production? What value does corn production truly bring to the state? And, more importantly, why should South Dakota farmers continue producing tremendous amounts of corn in lieu of other crops? Those are the questions that the South Dakota Corn Growers Association (SDCGA) was seeking to answer as […]

Every Dollar Counts

- With mid-term elections just around the corner, it’s more important than ever before to participate in our national and state elections and make your voice heard. Giving South Dakota corn farmers’ voices power is exactly what the South Dakota Corn Growers Association (SDCGA) does in Pierre. SDCGA has a political action committee, CORNPAC, which also […]

Yes, You Can Make Money in Farming

- Trying to make money in a down ag economy is sometimes like trying to make it rain—and can be a losing battle. Many South Dakota corn farmers know this firsthand. Unfortunately, they are not alone—a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Economic Research Service (ERS) study from 2015 found that more than 50 percent of farm […]

- 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, […]