This Isn’t Your Grandfather’s Planter

-   Multiple monitors, an iPad, bluetooth devices, and more. While this sounds like a white-collar office environment, it’s actually the scene in a modern tractor cab during planting season. Modern advances in planting have been driven by precision hardware, software and GPS technology which now play a major part in achieving yield and efficiency goals […]

Corn Planters Seen Rolling in South Dakota

- Well it’s official, corn planting season began in South Dakota over the weekend near Parker. And others have begun today near Emery. Warm and dry weather has aided in the early start as South Dakota State Climatologist Dennis Todey reported that 4-inch deep soil temperatures were above 50 degrees in certain areas of the state, […]

SD corn farmers to invest $2 billion in 2015 crop

- Even as the price per bushel has fallen more than 25% in the last year, it’s still extremely expensive to grow corn. So how much does it cost? The answer can be complicated, but using the South Dakota State Extension 2015 Crop Budget Calculator, the average cost to raise an acre of corn in South […]

SD corn farmers projected to plant 5.2 million acres

- 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 2015 corn crop acres specifically. “Growers intend to plant 89.2 million acres of corn for all purposes in 2015, down 2 percent from last […]