Programs help protect pheasant population

- Saturday is the pheasant hunting opener in South Dakota, and it’s almost sure to be another successful season despite some of the most brutal weather the state has ever experienced. South Dakota had one of the snowiest winters on record, followed by March and April blizzards that hammered our state birds. If that wasn’t challenging […]

Trade Deals Need Full Attention

- When the United States and Japan signed a trade agreement in late September, it was welcome news for agriculture. What would be even better news is if this is followed by additional trade agreements with other nations, particularly Mexico, Canada and China. Congress has had more than enough time to thoroughly review the United States-Mexico-Canada […]

USDA Resources Available for Farmers Hurt by Disasters

- Extreme weather has landed one blow after another to farmers this growing season. To provide some relief, the USDA is offering a $3 billion package to help farmers affected by natural disasters, including the flooding and excess rains that have hammered South Dakota. Farmers in 58 South Dakota counties who suffered crop damage or prevented […]

Trying to Make the Most Out of a Stressful Year

- To call this an incredibly challenging year for farming is probably an understatement. Autumn precipitation left soil saturated throughout the winter, and spring rains never seemed to end throughout most of South Dakota. Frustrated farmers scrambled to plant their crops. Across the nation, a record 19.3 million acres of farmland went unplanted this year, according […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]