SD corn farmers to invest $2.2 billion in 2014 crop

- It’s expensive to grow corn. So how much does it cost? The answer can be complicated, but using the South Dakota State Extension 2014 Crop Budget Calculator, the average cost to raise an acre of corn in South Dakota is approximately $383 (not including land costs or machinery ownership). South Dakota farmers are expected to […]

STB issues order on fertilizer shipments

- The Surface Transportation Board issued an order yesterday, (Tuesday, April 15th) to the BNSF and Canadian Pacific rail companies in an attempt to ensure that adequate supplies of fertilizer are delivered for spring planting in the Western Corn Belt following a public hearing held April 10th in Washington, DC. Concerns about rail availability have been […]

Corn #Plant14 Sighting in South Dakota

- It has begun. Corn planting has officially started in South Dakota. This picture comes from Dalton (@kernal_king) who was seeding his 2014 corn crop south of Sioux Falls this afternoon. You can follow planting progress from around the country by following the hashtag: #plant14 on Twitter. Good to be rolling in SE SD! #plant14 […]

Farmers Prepare to Plant

- Like any other business, farmers strive to be as efficient as possible, especially when it comes to planting. But before farmers start taking passes across the field, there is plenty that needs to be done. While a corn planter may not look like a complex piece of equipment, creating a perfect seedbed requires the precision […]

SD farmers projected to plant 5.8 million acres of corn

- Today the United States Department of Agriculture – National Agricultural Statistics Service released its annual Prospective Plantings report for all major crops. Here is what USDA has to say about the corn crop acres specifically, which were below expert projections. “Corn planted area for all purposes in 2014 is estimated at 91.7 million acres, down […]