Images of the Past: SD's Biggest Ranch

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In The Moment ... January 13, 2020 Show 732 Hour 2

By the end of the 19th century, most of western South Dakota had been carved up into reservations, government land, or small to medium-sized farms and ranches. 

Rangeland in states to the south and west had been divided up and fenced in, but the grasslands west of the Missouri river in South Dakota were still mostly open country. The big cattle companies in the Southwest U.S. were eager to get their hands on it and in 1900, and they were about to get what they wanted. South Dakota was going to become cattle country.

Spring Planting

May 8, 2019
Andrew Bork

In The Moment ... May 8, 2019 Show 571 Hour 1

As the weather continues to get warmer in May corn and soybean producers in South Dakota are trying to get their crops in as soon as possible. However, flooding, late spring snows and continued rainy days means fields are still too wet to plant. SDPB's Jackelyn Severin has more on how planing delays can cause problems for farmers all season.

Permitting Poop: Groups Want More Say In Feedlot Regulations

Sep 15, 2015

Feedlots and chicken farms can create tons of manure, literally.
Now some environmental and industry groups are crying foul over a state government permitting process that governs how large animal confinement operations deal with all that waste.
The South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources is reviewing its regulations for hog farms, dairies, feedlots, and chicken farms where thousands of animals can be grown in a single location.

Boadwine Farm Hosts ‘Know Your Milk’ Tour

Jul 5, 2015
Erin Mairose

Ag United is hosting farm tours this summer to show families where their food comes from. The tours include dairy, pig, and cattle farms in the Sioux Falls area.

Boarding a bus full of excited kids and families, the ‘Know Your Milk Tour’ departs from Sioux Falls to the dairy farm near Baltic. Arriving, kids are eager to get off and see the dairy calves waiting to be fed.

The dairy produces 17,000 gallons of milk each day. Lynn Boadwine is a fourth generation dairy farmer that has expanded the dairy from 40 cows to 1,500 since the 1980’s.

SD Animal Industry Board

More than one million chickens are now at-risk for avian influenza after tests prove the disease has infected an egg-laying operation. Dakota Layers in Moody County discovered the disease in one of nine barns on the farm. That more than doubles the number of birds affected in South Dakota.

The deadly H5N2 strain of bird flu has invaded operations in nine South Dakota counties. Eight turkey farms in separate counties have tested positive for the virus. State Veterinarian Dustin Oedekoven says now the infection is confirmed in chickens.