- South Dakota fuel stations sold more than half a billion gallons of ethanol during the past 10 years. Annual sales topped 54 million each of the past seven years, totaling nearly 529.7 million gallons over a 10-year period. Ethanol sales are recorded by the South Dakota Department of Revenue’s Division of Motor Vehicles. The state […]

- The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is considering 39 pending petitions for small-refinery waivers that would release those refiners from complying with the Renewable Fuel Standard for 2018. The EPA previously approved 53 small refinery waivers from 2016 and 2017. These waivers have a direct impact on rural America and corn farmers. With an already tough […]

- Two new industry representatives have joined the South Dakota Corn Growers Association’s board of directors. Wes Chambers of Yankton is regional vice president of Farm Credit Services of America. Trent Kubik of Hamill is area sales manager for LG Seeds. They will serve on the board that includes farmers who represent nine geographic districts, along […]

- Drive around rural South Dakota during the growing season and you’re likely to see some turnips, radishes and rye. The number of acres of cover crops nearly doubled from 2012 to 2017. The 2017 Census of Agriculture, recently released by the USDA, reported that South Dakota farmers planted cover crops on 282,000 acres, an 89 […]

- As expected, South Dakotans stored a lot more soybeans last year than they did in 2017. Saddled with low prices, many farmers decided to hang on to their beans in hopes they would fetch a higher price in the future. A total of 158 million bushels of soybeans were stored in 2018, a 66 percent […]

- A new program is offering farmers in 15 South Dakota counties an opportunity to make the best use of unproductive land while also improving their bottom lines. The program, named Every Acre Counts, focuses on developing and implementing strategies to improve soil health, diversity and farm profitability on marginal land where crop production is problematic. […]

- As news spread about devastating flooding in Nebraska that washed out a dam, destroyed homes and turned many fields into lakes, caring people in other states wasted no time responding. On farms and ranches, many thousands of cattle were stranded and some died. Bales of hay were half-covered with water, grain bins were flooded and […]

- Motorists will be able to fill their vehicles with E15 this summer if an EPA proposal gains final approval in time. A year-round offering of the 15 percent ethanol blend would benefit farmers and consumers, but farmers need to make their voices heard in order to make this a reality. The Environmental Protection Agency is […]

- By Steve Johnson, Iowa State University The 2018 Farm Bill that was signed into law last December continues the farm programs that were created in the 2014 Farm Bill, including the commodity crop programs Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and the Price Loss Coverage (PLC). One of the key changes is the election between ARC-County (ARC-CO) […]

- Two organizations that represent South Dakota’s 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 […]