Alverson talks corn, carbon and climate at COP21

- Leaders from around the world are meeting in Paris at the Conference of Parties 21, commonly referred to as COP21, to discuss direct initiatives on how to globally address climate change. Among the many discussions taking place, South Dakota Corn Growers president Keith Alverson gave a presentation on behalf of the National Corn Growers Association […]

Saline/Sodic Soil Information Available

- In South Dakota, saline and sodic soils are a serious problem as they inhibit plant growth and productivity. These soils affect an estimated 7.6 million acres of farmland across the state, concentrated mostly in the Upper James River area. Due to increased precipitation over the past decades the problem continues to get worse. The South […]

Corn Comments 8.4 – Managing Saline & Sodic Soils

- 8.4.14-R140802-CC In this week’s Corn Comments segment, Jim Woster visits about SDSU Extension’s upcoming Saline and Sodic Soils Management Workshop and Field Tour which will take place in White Lake on August 12th from 9:30am-3:30pm at the American Legion. The event will feature soil experts presenting on management options in the morning with field tours at […]

SDSU to host Saline Soil Workshop

- Have you ever noticed a field with streaks of white accents in amongst topsoil in unproductive areas? Those trouble spots are most likely due to excess salinity aka salt build-ups in the soil profile. Saline soils cause major problems for farmers as they halt the movement of water, preventing uptake by crops, making production non-existent. […]

A Salute to Soil

- Today is World Soil Day, a day to observe and recognize the important role that this precious resource plays and the steps being taken to protect it. Luckily for South Dakotans, our state’s soil is in good hands with our farmers and ranchers who have a track record to be proud of. A recently released […]

Corn Comments 10.1 – SD Farmer’s Carbon Footprint Shrinking

- Corn Comments Podcast with Jim Woster. In this week’s Corn Comments, Jim Woster talks about a recently released 25-year study from South Dakota State University which showed that the state’s farmers are reducing their carbon footprint. The study reveals that modern farming practices are increasing yield potential and capturing carbon in the soil which results […]

Aiming to improve soil and water quality

- Soil and water are both precious things. We all depend on both of them to survive so it’s important to protect them, but we also need to them maximize our food productivity. That is why farmers and researchers are going the extra mile to properly manage water and efficiently use nutrients on agricultural lands. You […]

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 […]