In The Moment ... January 9, 2018 Show 252 Hour 2

The rose petals and seeds have been swept away, but memories of the 2018 Rose Parade are still fresh in the minds of farmers across the nation. The Ag PhD float was one of only 18 commercial floats featured in the parade. It was a salute to American farmers and was awarded the Wrigley Legacy Award.

Ag PhD has been on television for 20 years. Ag PhD radio is celebrating its 5th year.

Trouble Brewing for Farm Markets

Sep 19, 2016
South Dakota Department of Agriculture

South Dakota farmers and ranchers may be heading for some challenging markets.  Prices of some crops and livestock are seeing drops in recent weeks.

However, state officials say commodity markets will recover over the long term.

The US Department of Agriculture released a report projecting record harvest numbers this fall. The study shows US farmers producing about 15 billion bushels of corn and more than 4 billion bushels of soybeans. These numbers are huge compared to previous projections. Officials are concerned this will affect the market.


SDSU Plant Pathologist Febina Mathew discusses how South Dakota farmers are dealing with two emerging fungal diseases— sudden death syndrome in soybean and Phomopsis stem canker in sunflowers.

Fungicides are largely ineffective, so farmers must rely on changes in management practices and selection of resistance varieties to reduce their losses.

Vandana Shiva is an internationally-known advocate for sustainable agriculture. She argues that biodiversity produces more nutrition and health per acre, thus addressing hunger, malnutrition, and poverty on a global scale.

The Delhi-based activist challenges the safety of genetically modified seeds, claiming they also harm the environment, are more costly and leave local farmers deep in debt as well as dependent on suppliers. She's the author of more than 20 books, including Making Peace with the Earth.


During tough winters, hungry deer often eat hay and other stored livestock feed. South Dakota State University researchers are currently exploring fall cover crops that will attract deer and provide nutrient-rich winter forage. Preliminary results show that turnips and radishes are the top two choices followed by peas.

The research project is in its final year and focuses on eastern South Dakota. It’s funded by a three-year grant from the Federal Aid to Wildlife Restoration, administered by the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks.

Tolstoy Farm Operation Diversifies For Success

Dec 8, 2014

Eric Johannsen is a fourth-generation farmer/rancher/outfitter near Tolstoy. He, along with his father and brother, operate their 5000 acres which have been in the family since the 1920s using a highly managed and sophisticated combination of no-till farming of corn and wheat, CRP grasslands, natural sloughs, wooded shelter belts and food plots.  The land generates profits and maximizes wildlife populations.  SDPB's Joe Tlustos visited the Johannsen's operation last week.


Honeybees are a backbone of agriculture production. An estimated $15 billion worth of crops are pollinated by honey bees, including more than 130 varieties of fruits and vegetables. But the population of honey bees has been declining in recent years due to such causes as colony collapse disorder.

Farm Rescue Founder Named Money Hero

Jul 28, 2014
Farm Rescue

Bill Gross comes from three generations of North Dakota farmers. But by the time he graduated from high school, his parents encouraged him to leave the farm. He went to college and now flies a 747 for UPS. However his heart never left the farm. As he flew across the country and looked at the farms below, he was concerned with the changing demographics of rural America and thought of ways he could help.

SDARL Class Visits Chile And Peru

Mar 4, 2014

Silvia Christen, executive director of the South Dakota Stockgrowers Association, participated in the South Dakota Agricultural and Rural Leadership (SDARL) international seminar in Chile and Peru last month.  Christen said, "I was really impressed with the variety of things we saw and how directly connected we are to their ag practices there.  From seed corn production to apples, cherries and fruit that was all exported to the U.S.