- The South Dakota State University (SDSU) Jackrabbits and Feeding South Dakota were big winners in the seventh annual South Dakota Showdown Series. During a special presentation in Sioux Falls, SDSU accepted a traveling trophy for defeating the Univercity of South Dakota (USD) Coyotes 14.5-11.5 in the competition presented by South Dakota Corn. Moments later, Feeding […]

- South Dakota’s new ethanol plant is up and running. The Ringneck Energy plant at Onida completed performance tests several weeks ago, then started full production. An open house and plant tours will be scheduled in the near-future. Plant Manager Mike Stanley says Onida residents and farmers in the area have been looking forward to the […]

- By Steve Johnson, Iowa State University Extension Farmers who are dealing with delayed and prevented planting decisions need to keep good records and practice great communications skills. Keep records: by farm field, crop, date and acres planted. You will need these for both your crop insurance agent and eventually the Farm Service Agency (FSA) office. […]

- Figures included in a new report show just how important international markets are to our state’s economy. South Dakota exported a whopping $2.9 billion worth of goods in 2017, according to that report from Business Roundtable. Agricultural products accounted for a majority of those exports, led by grains and oilseeds, which brought in $1.6 billion. […]

- This summer, South Dakota drivers are able to do something they’ve never done this time of year–fill their vehicles with E15. When the Trump administration announced on the last day of May that it was lifting the summer ban on sales of gasoline with 15 percent ethanol, it was welcome news for South Dakota corn […]

- 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 […]