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Kealey Bultena / SDPB

The Renewable Fuel Standard is a federal program authorized in 2005 requiring fuel sold in the United States to contain a certain amount of renewable fuel.  A waiver program was put in place to help small refineries disproportionately affected by these programs.  Some South Dakota corn producers say recent expansion of the waiver program under the Trump administration is having a negative impact on the state’s ag industry.

Scott Stahl is the Vice President of South Dakota Corn Growers.  He says South Dakota has benefited from the renewable fuel industry.

Dusty Johnson Introduces FEEDD Act to Congress

Jun 18, 2019
The office of Dusty Johnson

Wet weather threatens regional corn and soybean production and the state’s livestock producers are concerned about providing feed for their cattle.

South Dakota’s Congressional Representative Dusty Johnson has introduced the FEEDD  Act, a bill allowing farmers to harvest cover crops, used to hold soil in place, earlier in the year.

Johnson says plant prevention insurance claims are made when farmers are prevented from planting crops and they are expected to plant a cover crop on the unutilized acres.

Dusty Johnson Introduces FEEDD Act to Congress

Jun 18, 2019
The office of Dusty Johnson

Wet weather threatens regional corn and soybean production and the state’s livestock producers are concerned about providing feed for their cattle.

South Dakota’s Congressional Representative Dusty Johnson has introduced the FEEDD  Act, a bill allowing farmers to harvest cover crops, used to hold soil in place, earlier in the year.

Johnson says plant prevention insurance claims are made when farmers are prevented from planting crops and they are expected to plant a cover crop on the unutilized acres.

South Dakota Corn Sets Two New Records

Jan 17, 2017
South Dakota Corn Growers Association

South Dakota corn producers saw another record-breaking year in 2016. Officials say a combination of timely weather and planning led to the success.

South Dakota produced over 825 million bushels of corn in 2016 according to a US Department of Agriculture report. This is up 3% from last year’s production. It’s the second year in a row South Dakota has broken production and yield-per-acre records for multiple crops.

South Dakota soybeans reached over 255 million bushels for the year. This is a 9% increase from 2015 paired with a record 49 bushel per acre.

EPA Boosts Ethanol Market

Dec 1, 2016
South Dakota Corn Growers Association

The Environmental Protection Agency is renewing efforts to give ethanol a bigger market. South Dakota officials see this as an opportunity for producers.

The EPA is requiring over 19 billion gallons of renewable fuels to be blended with gasoline by 2017. 15 billion of those gallons are corn based ethanol. The new resolution is actually the same as the EPA’s 2007 goal.

Erin Mairose

Some South Dakota Agriculture industry leaders say federal reforms are increasing the efficiency and transparency of the railroad system.  They say the 2015 reforms help streamline rail freight regulations.

U.S. Senator John Thune held a hearing in Sioux Falls August 11th to listen to area businesses leaders and board members.

State leaders in Ag all voiced support of U.S. Senator John Thune’s Surface Transportation Board Reauthorization Act of 2015.

Heat Wave Could Hurt Corn Yield

Jul 19, 2016
South Dakota State University

Extension experts warn some of the state’s corn crop could fall victim to the hot, dry weather this week.  The crop is now in a stage of pollination.  Officials say excessive heat at this point in the season can affect corn yield for the year.

Agriculture experts worry the current drought and heat wave conditions in the state are not good for the corn crop.   Jonathan Kleinjan is a crop production associate at SDSU.  

“Heat in itself is not necessarily a big problem, it’s when you’re hot and dry at the same time," says Kleinjan.

South Dakota State University

According to the latest report from the United State's Department of Agriculture, the nation’s corn and soybean farmers are expected to harvest record yields this year. Despite that strong forecast, there have been concerns that the recent, early cold weather in South Dakota could have a negative impact on the local harvest. State climatologist Dennis Todey joined Dakota Midday and said that even though a cool summer has delayed the maturation of the state's corn, the cold temperatures likely caused minimal damage.

Legacy of Corn Palace Continues

Jul 23, 2014
Mitchell Corn Palace

When Mitchell’s first Corn Palace was built in 1892, it was only one of at least 34 grain palaces in the Midwest from the 1880s to the 1930s. The current Mitchell Corn Palace was built in 1921 and it’s the only one of the “prairie palaces” that’s survived. The familiar Moorish-style minarets and turrets were added to the building’s roof in 1937 to recreate the look of the earlier corn palaces.

SDSU Extension

When farmers first arrived in Dakota Territory, they assumed the growing season was too short for corn and it was planted as a sod crop. But an agronomist writing in a 1909 report said that men who once scoffed are now buying South Dakota farms on which they expect to grow corn. That year, farmers in the state planted over two million acres of corn with a harvest of 65 million bushels.

Corn: Food, Fuel, And The Future

Jul 23, 2014
POET

Although the first image that comes to mind when thinking of corn is a freshly buttered ear, most corn doesn’t make it to the dinner table. Whole-kernel sweet corn is only about one-percent of the crop. The rest of it is field corn. Some is processed for food ingredients, but it’s primarily used as livestock feed and ethanol.As demand for renewable fuel has grown in recent years, South Dakota has emerged as the fifth largest ethanol producing state with over a dozen biofuel plants.

Farming Conditions For South Dakotans

Jun 11, 2013

According to Laura Edwards, SDSU Extension Climate Field Specialist, "The state's soil moisture profile has benefited from the recent rains over the last two weeks, even though there have been some heavy events that generate a lot of runoff. The outlook shows potential for warmer conditions to return on the two-week timeframe as high pressure builds over the Plains, but we are wondering an active pattern on the north side of the state.