Farmers Benefit From NASS Survey Participation

- Prepare your eyes for brutal honesty. Farmers tend to complain about and/or disagree with the United States Department of Agriculture’s National Ag Statistic Service data more often than not, but very few actually do something about it, like cooperate. South Dakota is among the worst and whatever the reasons are for low participation, the trend […]

USDA predicts record corn yield in SD

- Today’s United States Department of Agriculture August crop production report projected a record yield of 160 bushels per acre for this year’s South Dakota corn crop. If realized, this would be up by 12 bushels per acre from last year. The current record of 151 was set in 2009. Overall, total corn for grain production […]

What makes up your food dollar?

- Have you ever wondered what makes up the amount of money you spend on food? The United States Department of Agriculture recently released its annual breakdown of the country’s food dollar giving consumers an answer to this question. We’ve visited this topic in the past, but the minuscule amount of money (10.5%) that goes back […]

South Dakota: an “agriculture powerhouse”

- Agriculture has always been South Dakota’s number one industry, but now the state has begun to receive added national recognition with the U.S. Department of Agriculture noting the Mount Rushmore State as an agricultural powerhouse in a blog last week. And it’s hard to argue with them. As detailed by the USDA, South Dakota farmers […]

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 […]

What makes up your food dollar?

- Have you ever wondered what makes up the amount of money you spend on food? The United States Department of Agriculture recently released its annual breakdown of the country’s food dollar giving consumers an answer to this question. While we’ve visited this topic in past years, the minuscule amount of money (17.4%) that goes back […]

SD Ag Census data released

- Today the United States Department of Agriculture released its preliminary Ag Census results from 2012. USDA collects Census of Agriculture data every five years. The 2012 census revealed that the number of farms in South Dakota had increased by 3% since 2007 totaling 31,898. The size of those farms averaged 1,352 acres, a decrease of […]

REAP fuels choice in SD

- The South Dakota fuel retailer, Stone Oil Company, Inc. was one of 12 different groups to receive ethanol blender pump grants yesterday following an announcement made by the United States Department of Agriculture’s Renewable Energy for America Program. Stone’s  gas station, The Prairie Stop located on the Westside of Watertown at the intersection of US […]

Ready, Set, Harvest

- Aaaand there off… as combines slowly creep across the South Dakota plains, farmers have begun harvesting their 2011 corn crop. Normally, most farmers would harvest their soybeans prior to corn but this year of course has been very unique in terms of weather and crop maturity. Yet again Mother Nature has again showed everyone who’s […]

Vilsack Boosts Biofuels, Rural Development

- The United States Department of Agriculture’s Secretary, Tom Vilsack, has been very vocal lately stressing the importance of domestic biofuels and its role in rural development. Ethanol has been an economic bright spot throughout the country by bringing jobs and tax revenues to rural areas, even through the recession. “Domestic production of renewable energy, including […]