In The Moment ... June 11, 2019 Show 593 Hour 1

This years bad weather has the bulk of South Dakota Farmer's facing the imapcts. Kevin McNew is Chief Economist at the Farmer's Business Network. He joins now for a look at the historic season and how if stands to influence yields.

Dakota Midday: Winter Storm's Effect

Dec 3, 2015

State Climatologist Dennis Todey joined guest host Cara Hetland to discuss this week's winter storm and its effect on the soil and winter wheat.  Todey also visited about El Nino and weather cycles.

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

Farmers and ranchers in South Dakota must decide whether to save the money they make from crops and livestock or reinvest it. The growing season is well underway for South Dakota farmers, and ranchers are watching markets as they raise their animals. 

Record commodity prices for corn and soybeans are gone, and that has some farmers keeping their money in the bank instead of spending it on upgrades and new equipment. South Dakota Secretary of Agriculture Lucas Lentsch says growers remain cautious.

An advocate for sustainable agriculture is bringer her perspective on feeding the world to a South Dakota college campus. Vandana Shiva is set to discuss her challenges with industrial agriculture and genetically modified crops. Shiva says people need to prioritize their health and the planet.

Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are common in modern agriculture. India-based scientist and advocate Vandana Shiva says companies claim to want to produce more to feed people, but that doesn’t happen.

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.

SDSU Extension At 100 Years

May 27, 2014

South Dakota State University Extension is 100 years old this month and a recent Benchmark Survey shows SDSU Extension remains South Dakotans' trusted source for unbiased, research-based information.  The survey, conducted by a third-party source, includes information gleaned from extensive interviews with 400 South Dakota crop and livestock producers as well as users of one or more of SDSU Extension's five additional key program areas which include community development, food and families, urban/rural initiatives, Native American programs and 4-H Youth development.  A product of the Smith

Bee Care Tour Comes To Brookings

Mar 10, 2014

The Bayer CropScience 2nd Annual Bee Care Tour stops in Brookings on Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. at the McCrory Gardens Education and Visitor Center.  Honey bees and other pollinators play a vital role in the food supply with more than 25% of the nation's agricultural crops dependent upon pollination.  Bayer CropScience bee expert Sarah Meyers talked about this year's tour which engages attendees on the important role pollinators and seed treatment technology plays in creating a sustainable agriculture.

South Dakota Farmers Rank High

Aug 27, 2013

South Dakota farmers rank in the top 10 in the nation in the production of more than 15 crops.  A recent report from the federal Agriculture Department shows that South Dakota is tops in the production of bison and second in the production of honey, flaxseed, proso millet and sunflowers.  The state is in the top 10 in many other major crops including wheat, corn, soybeans and oats.  South Dakota Agriculture Secretary Lucas Lentsch says the latest statistics show that the state remains an agricultural powerhouse even without a large population.

Hot Weather Entering South Dakota

Aug 20, 2013

A surge of hot weather is hitting the state this week with temperatures reaching into the 90s and even the 100s in some places. This is expected to help farmers with their row crops. Because some crops got in later and cooler conditions this summer, crops are a little behind in development. But rain is needed to fill in pods in soybeans and grain fill in corn. According to most accounts, pollination has been good, but now those crops need moisture in the next few weeks.

Dakotafest Underway In Mitchell

Aug 20, 2013

Dakotafest connects industry leading manufacturers/providers with ag producers. Because agriculture is such a significant part of South Dakota's economy, the state's political leaders often focus on farming. This continues to be true this summer with congressional debate over a new Farm Bill. Of course, no one knows better about rural operations than the farmers themselves. SDPB's Kealey Bultena speaks from Dakotafest in Mitchell and what farmers have been saying about the farming season.

Weather Getting Hotter Across South Dakota

Jul 22, 2013

Climatologically, the middle of July brings the warmest period of the year for the state. This week, that climatology is being borne out with heat advisories over parts of the state because of excessive heat and humidity according to Todey. Despite the recent dryness in some areas, crop conditions have held steady or improved over the last several weeks. However, because of the early season wet and cool conditions, crops are delayed in development. Only 6 percent of corn is tasseling compared to the five-year average of 9 percent.

"Soybean Sudden Death" Disease

May 30, 2013

Farmers with flooded fields have another disease to worry about. SDSU Extension says a dozen fields in the state showed traces of "Soybean Sudden Death" disease. South Dakota State University Extension Plant Pathologist Connie Strunk tells SDPB's Gary Ellenbolt that the southeast is primed for a large outbreak of the disorder.