- Five grain buyers from Taiwan and two U.S. Grains Council officials got an up-close look at South Dakota farms, a grain elevator and an ethanol plant during a mid-October trade team visit. And they liked what they saw. “The quality of the corn we saw was very good,” said Michael Lu, director of the Grains […]

- Oct. 6 was a historic day for the future of agriculture in South Dakota. That was the day a crowd of supporters gathered on the South Dakota State University campus to celebrate the groundbreaking for a world-class precision ag facility. The $46.1 million Raven Precision Agriculture Center will open in August 2021. Construction will begin […]

- Although these are challenging times for farmers, an Iowa State University Extension specialist will deliver a message of hope when he gives a series of crop-marketing presentations in South Dakota beginning Nov. 26. Steve Johnson, a farm management specialist, will advise farmers how to focus on controllable factors. He’ll discuss cost control and cash flow […]

- 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, in Sioux Falls. Each month, we’ll profile one of them. In this edition, we talked with John Killefer, who will be the lunch speaker. John Killefer’s title is […]

- If you had to explain precision farming and cover crops to the average resident of one of South Dakota’s larger cities, how would you do it? Since most consumers aren’t familiar with farming practices, it might take you a while. And that’s why it’s remarkable that the new South Dakota Corn consumer education campaign explains […]

- 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, in Sioux Falls. Each month, we’ll profile one of them. In this edition, we talked with Floyd Gaibler. As director of trade policy for the U.S. Grains Council, […]

- South Dakota farmers produce about 800 million bushels of corn a year. Half of that is used to make ethanol and nearly one-fifth is fed to livestock. But that leaves about 30 percent, or roughly 240 million bushels, that is transported out of the state, primarily to the Pacific Northwest where it will be shipped […]

- South Dakota voters will elect a new governor and a new U.S. representative Nov. 6. To provide insight into the candidates’ positions and views on agriculture, we have compiled profiles of those who are seeking the offices. Candidates for the U.S. seat are Democrat Tim Bjorkman, Republican Dusty Johnson, Libertarian George Hendrickson and Independent Ron […]

- A new turkey hatchery at the northeast edge of Beresford will provide a closer source of poults for turkey farms in South Dakota and throughout the Midwest. Hendrix Genetics, an animal breeding company, plans to begin operations at the $25 million hatchery in November. The facility will have a capacity to hatch 30 million turkey […]

- Ryan and Terry Wagner are reaping the rewards of three decades of no-till farming. The soil on their farm near Roslyn contains 5.1 percent organic matter, with a range from the low 4’s to upper 5’s in every field. The fields have a deep layer of topsoil and water infiltration is exceptional. Nearly 50 people […]