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 […]

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 pic.twitter.com/b7RUuB7vAr […]

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 […]

No-Till Planting on Smith Farms

- Hop in the cab with South Dakota Corn Utilization Council president Brian Smith, a farmer near Montrose as he talks about the advantages of no-till planting and the technologies he uses to increase his efficiencies as he grows the next supply of food, feed, fuel and fiber.

Corn planters are rolling in South Dakota

- These South Dakota farmers have started planting the next crop of food, feed, fuel and fiber. You can follow the planting progress on Twitter with the hashtag: #plant13

How fast can farmers plant?

- With the recent snow, sleet, ice and altogether blast of cold weather, row crop planting has been delayed in South Dakota. When it comes to planting corn, this lack of progress put our state at 7% behind last year and 4% behind the 5-year average. When exactly farmers will begin planting we don’t know, but […]

Does later planting equal lower yields?

- It’s conventional wisdom that the earlier a farmer plants his crop, the better opportunity that crop has to thrive. Those thoughts may be cause for concern as winter weather continues across South Dakota during the middle of April. But when specifically speaking about corn in South Dakota, planting dates and yields don’t always correlate. In […]

Early Planting: Friend or Foe?

- Spring has arrived in South Dakota as the grass is turning green and the trees are budding. After experiencing an extremely mild winter across the plains, much of the farmland is warm and dry which means farmers are itching to plant corn. There are a number of things to consider when planting early including weather […]