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 […]

Wetland Issues Update

- Determination Backlog The Natural Resources Conservation Service’s wetland determination backlog continues to decline in South Dakota. Just two years ago the state was faced with a backlog of over 3,800 determination requests, but now is down to 1,529 as of September 1st. Requests have fallen significantly since 2011; regardless, positive progress has been made. The […]

NRCS Extends SOSM Comment Period

- The Natural Resources Conservation Service announced today that it has extended the period for which it will be receiving comments on its proposed State Offsite Methods for Wetland Determinations until Friday, February 20th. The extension provides the public with 17 extra days to submit official comments, as the prior deadline had been tomorrow, Tuesday, February […]

Comments Needed on NRCS Proposal

- The Natural Resources Conservation Service has proposed changes to the way the agency will make some wetland determinations. The agency’s proposal filed in the Federal Register states that Prairie Pothole states including Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota would incorporate the use of offsite resources to make official wetland determinations in some instances. The […]

Wetland Determination Backlog Update

- The enormous backlog of wetland determinations in South Dakota is slowly on the decline, but still outnumbers its three Prairie Pothole neighbors (North Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa) combined. As of April 1st, the South Dakota Natural Resource Conservation Service had 2,944 wetland determination requests on its backlog while North Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa totaled 2,095. […]

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% […]

Soil Health and Cover Crops Forum

- Protecting and enhancing the land is a priority for all farmers as it is the lifeblood of their operation. A great way to improve soil is by planting cover crops. Cover cropping has become increasingly popular across South Dakota as it provides numerous benefits including reduced erosion, increased water-holding capacity, recycling of nutrients, reduced noxious […]

Government Shutdown Halts Wetland Determinations

- Just as farmers work to clear their fields this harvest, the government has been shut down along with all USDA, FSA and NRCS offices. There are a number of ways this affects farmers from crop reports, financing and conservation program sign-up to name a few. But a hot-button issue in South Dakota is the further […]

Wetland Determination backlog update

- South Dakota Corn continues to monitor the state’s NRCS wetland determination process and its backlog as we look for ways to help farmers minimize their wait times. As of August 14th, the current South Dakota NRCS wetland determination backlog was around 3,300. That number shows short-term progress as it is down from 3,600 in July […]

Wetland Determination Backlog Remains Disappointing

- As farmers, the state National Resources Conservation Service and independent consultants continue to work together to protect natural resources while improving farm land potential, a gigantic backlog of wetland determinations remain in South Dakota. (A quick background on this issue: In order for land owners to perform drainage activity, they must first have Wetland Determination […]