What will happen to South Dakota’s corn crop?

- South Dakota farmers harvested the state’s largest corn crop on record in 2013, but what happens to all of that corn?  Who will use it? Where does it go? South Dakota has three primary markets for its corn: ethanol, exports and livestock. This year, South Dakota’s 15 ethanol plants are expected to use 377 million […]

Shutdown already hurting export opportunities

- Is the government shutdown affecting your business? Some people would probably say “NO!” with some ridiculous line like, “what do we need those non-essential employees for anyways?” But if you are a farmer or work in agriculture, the answer would be yes and those employees are indeed very essential. The shutdown not only closes local, […]

What happens to South Dakota’s corn?

- With harvest long since completed, you might be wondering what happens to all of the corn that was raised in South Dakota. Where does it go and who uses it? South Dakota ranks 6th in the nation in corn production, providing food, feed, fuel and fiber to growing populations in the state, nation and all […]

A local look at arid Argentina

- “Era muy caliente, y muy seco.” For those who don’t speak Español, that translates to “It was very hot, and very dry.” That description comes from South Dakotan, Kevin Schnaser who recently served as a translator for a group of agriculture students from South Dakota State University who traveled to Argentina on a two week study […]

Where will South Dakota’s corn crop go?

- As South Dakota corn fields have been cut and only the stalks, stover and cobs remain, you might be wondering just what happens to all of that corn that was harvested? Where exactly will the state’s projected *648 million bushels of corn produced in 2011 end up? South Dakota has three main markets for its […]

The Growing Value of Distillers Grains

- It’s rarely mentioned by the ethanol haters and touted by the rest, distillers grains. Just ask any livestock producer using it, the stuff works and it’s cost effective too. Now a new report shows that its feed value and production efficiency are even better than originally thought. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, one […]

SD Corn tours China, spots potential

-   South Dakota Corn board presidents, Gary Duffy and David Fremark took part in a recent United States Meat Export Federation trip to China where they toured the country while meeting with government officials. “The goal of our trip was to see what potential demands China has for American corn,” said South Dakota Corn Growers […]

Where does South Dakota corn go? Exports

-   South Dakota is known for producing an abundance of quality corn and that corn is in high demand abroad with much of the world not able to meet their own food and feed demands. South Dakota farmers take pride in helping feed the world, and those demands aren’t going away anytime soon with an […]

Distiller Grains…The Unsung Hero in Corn Ethanol

- As I type this blog post, hundreds of people are typing and tweeting about how much corn is being used to produce ethanol. What they don’t realize is that farmers are producing more corn with less land to meet everyone’s needs and then some. Besides the increase in productivity, the corn used for ethanol produces […]