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PIERRE — The South Dakota Departments of Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) and Transportation (DOT) want to remind individuals there are laws and rules governing when mowing right-of-way ditches can begin on the state highway system.

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BROOKINGS — Nearly 90% of South Dakota is now in some level of drought. According to the latest U.S. Drought Monitor, 56% of the state is in the Severe Drought (D2) and Extreme Drought (D3) classifications. With daytime temperatures lingering around mid-to upper-90 degrees Fahrenheit for muc…

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WASHINGTON — Agricultural producers who have coverage under most crop insurance policies are eligible for a premium benefit from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) if they planted cover crops during this crop year. The Pandemic Cover Crop Program (PCCP), offered by USDA’s Risk Managem…

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Anyone on the farm who works with tractors with front end loaders, portable grain augers, oversized wagons, fold-up cultivators, large combines, irrigation pipe and other tall equipment should take extra caution to avoid electrocution by accidently coming into contact with overhead power lines.

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Let’s face it — even if it rains three inches by the time this article goes to print, we’re still behind on moisture for the year. And with short moisture comes short forage, creating concerns that the cattle will not have enough grass to last the summer. The question then becomes if there i…

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PIERRE — What does a pasture have in common with a marathon runner?

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is providing an additional 30 days for public comments on the notice for Supply Chains for the Production of Agricultural Commodities and Food Products published in the Federal Register on April 21, 2021. Comments…

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PIERRE — Registration is now open for the 2021 South Dakota Governor’s Agricultural Summit (Ag Summit). The two-day event is hosted by the South Dakota Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources (DANR) and is being held at The District in Sioux Falls on July 8-9.

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PIERRE — With dry conditions throughout South Dakota, farmers and ranchers will soon start applying irrigation water to their crops. The South Dakota Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources (DANR) reminds irrigators to regularly check irrigation equipment to prevent overspray.

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BROOKINGS — Extension beef cattle specialists from South Dakota State University (SDSU), North Dakota State University (NDSU), Montana State University and the University of Wyoming are now accepting registrations for the educational series, “Mineral Nutrition for the Beef Cow Herd.” Started…

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BROOKINGS — The South Dakota State University Livestock Judging Camp will take place on the SDSU campus in two sessions; the first session will be held June 9-11, and the second session will be held June 13-15.

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BROOKINGS — South Dakota State University (SDSU) Extension is offering on-site livestock water testing service at all SDSU Extension Regional Extension Centers and several SDSU Extension County Offices throughout the state.

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BROOKINGS — South Dakota State University (SDSU) Extension is offering on-site livestock water testing service at all SDSU Extension Regional Extension Centers and several SDSU Extension County Offices throughout the state.

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If the good Lord smiles upon us by the time this goes to print and we get a healthy dose of rain, then we should have grass to send cows out on this spring. And when cows go out to grass, they seldom go alone. No, I’m not referring to their calves or the bulls that accompany them, but a much…

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As we reflect on the women who raised us this Mother’s Day, South Dakota Farmers Union would like to celebrate the many women who support the state’s No. 1 industry — farm and ranch moms: Cassie Sumption of Frederick and Elsie Meeks of Interior.

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COLUMBUS, Neb. — Spring is slowly creeping along, which means farmers and ranchers are gearing up for planting season. On the flip side, Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD) urges caution in the fields when it comes to power lines and large farm equipment.

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BROOKINGS — While recent rain and snow have brought some moisture reprieve to parts of South Dakota, the same cannot be said for the northwest or central part of the state. South Dakota State University (SDSU) Extension State Climatologist Laura Edwards says warmer-than-average temperatures …

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture is updating livestock insurance policies to improve options for producers and to create additional opportunities for producers to participate. USDA’s Risk Management Agency’s (RMA) updates to the Dairy Revenue Protection (DRP) and Livestock Gro…

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BROOKINGS — In January, the South Dakota State University (SDSU) Extension Small Ruminant Team, in collaboration with colleagues throughout the United States, kicked off a survey inviting sheep and goat producers to share their interests and needs to help direct future Extension programming.…

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PIERRE — If you overhear farmers at the local coffee spot talking about “planting green,” they’re probably not discussing the paint on their equipment. They’re more likely referring to a new way of thinking about cropland management that benefits both soil health and water quality.

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BROOKINGS — South Dakota FFA members were recognized at the 93rd South Dakota State FFA Convention for excellence in developing career-specific skills through their Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) Proficiency projects.

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BROOKINGS — Dr. Maristela Rovai, Assistant Professor and SDSU Extension Dairy Specialist, has received federal funding from the High Plains Intermountain Center for Agricultural Health and Safety (HICAHS) to help boost COVID-19 vaccination efforts among South Dakota's dairy industry workforc…

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BROOKINGS — The State FFA Degree, the highest degree conferred by the South Dakota FFA, was presented to 282 agricultural education students at the 2021 South Dakota FFA Convention.

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During repair and maintenance activities, why is it so important to understand how to shut down machines and equipment and use a process — lockout/tagout — that ensures nothing can be started again until all work is completed, and no workers are in harm’s way?

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BROOKINGS — As South Dakota farmers and ranchers gear up for spring planting and turning livestock out to pasture, warmer than average temperatures and limited chances of precipitation are continuing to make a dry situation worse. According to the latest U.S. Drought Monitor, 78.7% of South …

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Nebraska Extension is hosting two succession planning workshops for dairy producers in April. The workshop will offer background on good communications that are essential for families that are transitioning. It will also cover common mistakes made during the transition process, the importanc…

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BROOKINGS — Over the last year human health care systems across the nation saw a decline in emergency room and clinic visits due to the pandemic, as consumers turned to digital health platforms. While telehealth and telemedicine have become more common household terms, the field of veterinar…

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South Dakota’s farmers, ranchers and those who work on farms and ranches are now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine and South Dakota Farmers Union (SDFU) encourages agriculture producers to take advantage of this opportunity to protect themselves, their families, and rural communities.