This Is Farming Showcases Sustainability Efforts

- Just as the state’s farmers work to harvest their crops this fall, South Dakota Corn is rolling out a new season of This Is Farming to display those efforts with a campaign filled with new facts, ads, videos and a fresh look. Farming is a family business in South Dakota and to ensure those farms […]

Wetland Issues Update

- Determination Backlog The Natural Resources Conservation Service’s wetland determination backlog continues to decline in South Dakota. Just two years ago the state was faced with a backlog of over 3,800 determination requests, but now is down to 1,529 as of September 1st. Requests have fallen significantly since 2011; regardless, positive progress has been made. The […]

Water Management Webinar: Bioreactors

- A team of Extension specialists from several universities in the Upper Midwest are performing a series of monthly webinars (from July through December) on agricultural drainage water management and drainage water quality, with the third webinar taking place tomorrow, September 16th at 9am. The third webinar which is scheduled for tomorrow September 16th will be focused on bioreactors and will feature […]

WOTUS Rule Blocked by Federal Judge

- Late this afternoon, Chief Judge Ralph Erickson of the U.S. District Court for North Dakota issued a decision granting a request for a preliminary injunction against the EPA’s Waters of the U.S. rule.  The injunction appears to be indefinite and applies to 13 states including South Dakota, meaning the rule will NOT go into effect tomorrow […]

Water Management Webinar: Controlled Drainage

- A team of Extension specialists from several universities in the Upper Midwest are performing a series of monthly webinars (from July through December) on agricultural drainage water management and drainage water quality, with the second one taking place tomorrow, August 19th at 9am. Each of the webinars will provide best management practices for improving drainage water quality and information […]

Bioreactors Showing Benefits

- Two years ago this summer, a denitrifying bioreactor was installed by South Dakota State University on the Hefty brothers’ farm near Baltic as part of a research project to reduce nutrients runoff leaving fields through subsurface tile drainage. And after two years of research at that site, SDSU’s Water Resource Institute researchers are pleased with […]

Wetland Determination Backlog Update

- The enormous backlog of wetland determinations in South Dakota is slowly on the decline, but still outnumbers its three Prairie Pothole neighbors (North Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa) combined. As of April 1st, the South Dakota Natural Resource Conservation Service had 2,944 wetland determination requests on its backlog while North Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa totaled 2,095. […]

Flooding Resources for Farmers

- Tragedy has struck across South Dakota this past week with tornadoes, hail storms, high winds and flooding (due to record rainfall) have damaged farms, homes, cropland and much more. This is a tough time for so many in our state and region as inclement weather knows no boundaries. Blogging and other social media sort of […]

Drainage Forum to be held in Sioux Falls

- Researchers from three land grant universities including Iowa State University, the University of Minnesota and South Dakota State University will be making presentations at the 14th Annual Drainage Research Forum on November 14th at the SDSU Regional Extension Center in Sioux Falls. The Drainage Research Forum provides all stakeholders involved in the drainage process with […]

SD farmers visit the Dead Zone

- Today’s post is a guest blog from Roslyn farmer and South Dakota Corn Grower member, Ryan Wagner following a recent trip to the southern tip of Louisiana.  My wife Kerri and I recently had the opportunity to travel with other South Dakota farm families to the gulf coast of Louisiana as part of the first […]