No-Till On the Rise in SD

- Soil health is becoming a buzzword these days as folks are starting to pay more attention to their food, sustainability and farming in general. Of course it’s nothing new to farmers who seek to increase yields and work to keep their land productive for generations to come. A major way farmers can increase soil health […]

No-Till acres on the rise in South Dakota

- A new survey released last week from the South Dakota Natural Resources Conservation Service revealed that South Dakota farmers are leaders when it comes to caring for the land. The 2013 Cropping Systems Inventory revealed that no-till practices were being utilized on 45% of the state’s cropland (more than 6.2 million acres), up from 37% […]

Farmers strive to be better stewards

- As no-till acres in South Dakota have risen from just 30,000 in 1990 to 5 million in 2010, producer interest in lesser tillage farming continues to grow. Which is exactly why the South Dakota Corn Growers Association dedicated an entire day of GrowingOn Part 2 to no-till and strip-till with planting and field preparation expert […]

Corn Comments 1.16 – No-till

- Corn Comments Podcast with Jim Woster. No-till acres continue to grow in South Dakota by leaps and bounds, from 30,000 acres in 1990 to 5 million in 2010. Their are multiple benefits to no-till including reduced runoff and erosion, increased organic matter and carbon sequestration in the soil. Because of no-till’s growing popularity, South Dakota Corn has […]

Atrazine benefits consumers, environment

- Opinions vary greatly on the chemical atrazine, a herbicide used by thousands of farmers to control noxious weeds that steal moisture and nutrients from their crops. In that mix of opinion, one thing holds true, science. More than 6,000 scientific studies have proven atrazine to be safe and beneficial to both humans and the environment, […]

Caring for the land is part of the job

- The land is the lifeblood of any farm. So a family farmer’s number one priority and responsibility is to keep that land healthy and productive by continuing to adapt sustainable practices, applying conservation efforts and utilizing new technologies. More and more farmers are adopting no and minimal till farming practices which are benefiting the soil […]