Uncertain Bounty

SDPB reports on the impact of the 2017 drought on agriculture, agribusiness, main street, and South Dakota families.

A special edition of SDPB's "South Dakota Focus" was broadcast live on Thursday, October 19 at 8:00pm CT / 7:00 MT. The program will be archived at watch.sdpb.org.

agweek.com

In The Moment ... October 19, 2017 Show 202 Hour 2

Bryan Jorgenson's grandmother and grandfather settled in South Dakota in 1909. His family stuck it out during the dirty thirties with resilience, faith, and a large family as their assets. It's a four-generation operation, with the fifth generation on the ground, doing what needs to be done for the future. Bryan Jorgenson was listed in Successful Farming Magazine on the Ten Successful Farmers list. He's a winner of the Leopold Award. He joins us from Ideal with a look at this year’s harvest.

mitchellrepublic.com

In The Moment ... October 19, 2017 Show 202 Hour 1

As South Dakotans head for the hunt, we caught up with Travis Runia for a look at what happens to the pheasants when the earth goes dry. Runia is senior upland game biologist with the state Game, Fish, and Parks department. He brings news of how the broods have held up.

sdpb.org

In The Moment ... October 19, 2017 Show 201 Hour 2

We close today's Uncertain Bounty coverage with music from the Nesters – Jami Lynn and Eliza Blue. In the song "Perkins County" the duo explores the emotional toll hardship takes on those who wrest a living from the land. This performance was recorded at the Brickhouse Community Arts Center in Madison in August.

SDPB

In The Moment ... October 19, 2017 Show 202 Hour 1

Kevin Woster is ready for the pheasants. And if the birds are scarce, the conversation is still robust and the Sloppy Joes are still warm.

SDPB

In The Moment ... October 19, 2017 Show 202 Hour 1

U.S. Senator John Thune stopped by the SDPB studios for a conversation about the 2018 Farm Bill and the intense political work that needs to be done. With a president whose trade decisions have caused anxiety in farm country and a Congress locked in battles over tax reform and healthcare, we started by talking about what it takes to gather the support for effective farm legislation. We also talk forest management, crop subsidies, and the politics of pushing farm legislation forward.

In The Moment ... October 19, 2017 Show 202 Hour 2

Extreme natural disasters in the 1930s spurred conversations about supporting American farmers in innovative and desperately needed ways. Farm Bills are messy, complicated, and oft-criticized omnibus legislative packages. SDPB's Lee Strubinger joins us for some historical perspective on the Farm Bill and how it impacts you.

Roots Reaching Deep - Reflections of a Ranch Wife

Oct 19, 2017

It’s dry. Very, very dry. A year ago last spring, a drought looming large, my husband was glued to the Weather Channel’s radar app, watching the colored clouds of rain pass us by. This year he rarely bothered; there were no storms anywhere, just sun and endless wind.

Uncertain Bounty: Rancher Josh Geigle

Oct 19, 2017

Meet a Wall, South Dakota rancher dealing with the impacts of drought. (Video.)

Uncertain Bounty - 2017 Drought By The Numbers

Oct 19, 2017
University of Nebraska Drought Mitigation Center

South Dakota residents are no stranger to drought.  The state’s position in the U-S and many unique landforms impact our weather—and in some years, keep the moisture away.  This year has brought extremely dry weather over most of South Dakota—with agriculture, tourism and nearly every other segment of life affected.