Efforts pay off in change to haying rule

- Farmers in 19 South Dakota counties are now allowed to hay, graze or chop cover crops on prevented plant acres – two months earlier than normal. The South Dakota Corn Growers Association has been a strong advocate for a policy change and worked closely with our congressional delegation as we pushed for a date change. […]

Rural South Dakota Needs Broadband

- Rural residents in pockets of South Dakota still don’t have access to an important tool that many Americans take for granted—high-speed Internet. Expansion of broadband infrastructure to those without service is a top priority of the South Dakota Corn Growers Association, which has worked on this issue with the National Corn Growers Association for nearly […]

Teams score low at Corn Cob Open

Teams score low at Corn Cob Open

- There were birdies aplenty at the annual Corn Cob Open on Thursday, Aug. 13 at Grand Falls Casino & Golf Resort. The team of Doug Berven, Joshua Shields, Chris Morey and Greg Breukelman, representing Poet, fired a 15-under par 57 to win the four-player scramble. That score was good enough to edge out the Lakeco […]

Grains Council Hard at Work for Farmers

- One of South Dakota Corn’s major industry partners is the U.S. Grains Council, an organization that consists of corn, sorghum and barley producers and agribusiness organizations. The council develops and expands export markets and promotes trade globally. In addition to corn, sorghum and barley, exported products include ethanol, distillers grains and other co-products. The council […]

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 […]