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BROOKINGS — According to the most recent National Ag Statistics Service (NASS) Cattle Report, South Dakota’s total cattle inventory is up from last year.

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BROOKINGS — While most citizens must file taxes by April 16, 2018, farmers’ and ranchers’ taxes must be filed by March 1, 2018. Due to the filing deadline many producers are beginning the process of gathering their important paperwork.

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WASHINGTON — Agricultural producers wanting to enhance current conservation efforts are encouraged to apply for the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP).

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HURON — South Dakota Farm Bureau and the South Dakota Department of Agriculture are again partnering to recognize South Dakota farms and ranches that have been in the same family for 100 years and more.

  • By Ashley Dayer and Seth Lutter Virginia Tech University
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Members of the House and Senate Agriculture Committees are starting to shape the 2018 farm bill — a comprehensive food and agriculture bill passed about every five years. Most observers associate the farm bill with food policy, but its conservation section is the single largest source of fun…

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BROOKINGS — Colder than average temperatures are likely to carry through March 2018, according to the latest National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Climate Outlook released Feb. 15, 2018.

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MITCHELL — The 15th annual Women in Blue Jeans conference will be held Feb. 23-24. The 2018 conference starts at 5pm Friday, Feb. 23, at the Highland Conference Center in Mitchell and continues 8am to 4:30pm on Saturday, Feb. 24. Registration cost is $45 until Feb. 19 and $55 after that date.

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BROOKINGS — A training in farm food safety will be held in Sioux Falls, Feb. 24, for fruit and vegetable growers at the SDSU Extension Regional Center (2001 E 8th St.).

  • BY JAKE GEIS, DVM Tyndall
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Spring — that wonderful time when we turn the bulls out and they get to work for that feed ate over the last 10 months. This is also the time when we get quite a few questions about bull fertility. People wonder if this product or that product can decrease the fertility of their bull. Here w…

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BROOKINGS — The agronomist to the 2016 recipients of the Leopold Award for Conservation is among the line-up of speakers featured during the SDSU Extension eighth annual Mitchell Soil Health Event Feb. 15 at the Highland Conference Center (2000 Highland Way).

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First Dakota National Bank of Yankton will host AgriVisions 2018, featuring Kevin Van Trump, on Thursday, Feb. 15, at the Best Western Kelly Inn, 1607 East Highway 50, Yankton. Registration begins at 6:30 p.m. and Van Trump will speak at 7 p.m. Farmers, Agri-Business professionals and busine…

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BROOKINGS — By the end of this year, $4 billion will be spent globally on precision agriculture with satellites, sensors, machines, data and drones. It’s a collective industry opportunity and offers challenges which South Dakota is ready to embrace.

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BROOKINGS — SDSU Extension teams up with several financial institutions, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and North Central Extension Risk Management Education to host Managing the Margin Workshops beginning Feb. 6 on the campus of South Dakota State University in the First Dakota Natio…

  • By Ryan Samuel SDSU Extension
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Wean-to-finish production systems emerged as a new concept in the pork production industry in the late ‘90s moving newly weaned pigs into biosecure wean-to-finish facilities forming static groups, rather than being relocated after the nursery phase into grow-finish barns.

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BROOKINGS — Passing the family farm or ranch operation on to the next generation is the focus of SDSU Extension’s Sustaining the Legacy programs held in Sioux Falls and Pierre.

  • By Russ Daly, Professor, SDSU Extension Veterinarian, State Public Health Veterinarian; George Perry, Professor & SDSU Extension Beef Reproductive Management Specialist; and Holly Krueger, SDSU Pre-Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science
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Neospora caninum is one of the lesser-known causes of infectious reproductive failure in U.S. beef and dairy herds.

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BROOKINGS — Do you believe the highest yields return the greatest profit? Are you managing for maximum yields? Do you attempt to manage your corn crop for the highest yields as a result of what yield contest winners say?

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The Yankton County Farmers Union will hold its annual meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 23, at Sunrise Apartments, 2015 Green St., Yankton.

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TYNDALL — District 1 South Dakota Farmers Union will have a meeting at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan 27, at Jenna Bea’s Corral Cafe meeting room in Tyndall.

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BURBANK — Reid Jensen, a Burbank producer, was elected to serve on the South Dakota Farm Bureau Board of Directors at the organization’s recent Centennial Convention.

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SIOUX FALLS — South Dakota soybean growers were elected to serve on the South Dakota Soybean Association (SDSA) board of directors during the 2017 SDSA Annual Meeting in December.

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First Dakota National Bank of Yankton will host AgriVisions 2018, featuring Kevin Van Trump, on Thursday, Feb. 15, at the Best Western Kelly Inn, 1607 East Highway 50, Yankton. Registration begins at 6:30 p.m. and Van Trump will speak at 7 p.m. Farmers, Agri-Business professionals and busine…

  • BY JAKE GEIS, DVM Tyndall
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Although we love living here, this year reminded us how unforgiving South Dakota’s winters are. Just as cold weather is hard on people, it places extra stress on cattle that can’t wrap themselves in a blanket and curl up with a cup of hot cocoa. How we as producers manage our livestock durin…

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LAKE ANDES — Lee A. Linnell of Lake Andes recently won state first place in the dryland no-till division and state second place in the dryland reduced-till division of the 2017 National Sorghum Producers (NSP) Yield Contest. Linnell won with Pioneer hybrid 87P06, which yielded 135.69 and 132…

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LaMOURE, N.D. — Northern Plains Sustainable Ag’s (NPSAS) 39th annual Winter Conference returns Jan. 25-27 to Best Western Ramkota Hotel in Aberdeen. Held each January, the conference is highly regarded for its educational content and networking opportunities.

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BROOKINGS — SDSU Extension teams up with several financial institutions, USDA and North Central Extension Risk Management Education to host Managing the Margin Workshops beginning Feb. 6, 2018.

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BROOKINGS — Some 4,500 livestock operators in North Dakota, South Dakota and Texas will be receiving a survey letter in mid-January to help gauge grazing practices through the past decade.

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BROOKINGS — The 26th annual Lamb Bonanza will be held Jan. 13 at Frost Arena on the campus of South Dakota State University.

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BROOKINGS — The South Dakota Department of Agriculture has labeled Engenia, Fexapan and Xtendimax for postemergence use on Xtend “dicamba tolerant” soybeans for the 2018 growing season.

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BROOKINGS — When training dairy employees about proper livestock handling practices, it is important to remind them that if animals are not handled properly they can cause injuries to employees, explained Tracey Erickson, SDSU Extension Dairy Field Specialist.

  • By Sean Kelly SDSU Extension
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A mild fall has been a blessing for many ranchers across South Dakota. As the first day of winter looms, a ranch manager must try to adhere to some rangeland management principals when managing pastures this winter.

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BROOKINGS — The I-29 Moo University collaboration will be offering their Winter Workshop Series Jan. 8-12, 2018. They encourage all dairy producers, students, stakeholders and industry personnel to attend.

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BROOKINGS — When it comes to binding forages, livestock producers have two choices; net wrap or twine. The decision isn’t as simple as it may seem as both binding products have their pros and cons, explained Taylor Grussing, SDSU Extension Cow/Calf Field Specialist.

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HARTINGTON, Neb. — During the winter of 2018, Nebraska Extension will host 17 Beef Profitability Workshops throughout Eastern Nebraska to help beef producers evaluate their operations to make them more profitable through the latest unbiased, research-based information. The combination of low…

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SIOUX FALLS — The South Dakota Farm Bureau Young Farmers & Ranchers will host their annual Farm and Ranch Conference Jan. 19-20, 2018, at the Downtown Hilton Garden Inn, Sioux Falls.

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SIOUX FALLS — Three agri-businesses were honored recently with the “Friend of Agriculture” award by South Dakota Farm Bureau at their Centennial Convention held recently in Sioux Falls.

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CUSTER STATE PARK — Humbled by the outpouring of support from individuals across the country, Custer State Park officials are asking that hay donations for those directly impacted by the Legion Lake Fire do so through Farm Rescue.

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BROOKINGS — The success of replacement programs can be measured in many ways, but is largely driven by how heifers are selected and developed before entering the herd as a mature cow, explained Taylor Grussing, SDSU Extension Cow/Calf Field Specialist.

  • BY JAKE GEIS, DVM Tyndall
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For anyone who has ever treated cattle or pigs, you know the first question you ask is where the needle goes — under the skin or in the muscle? Although we simply follow the label, we seldom ask why some medications go one route while other medications are the other route. In addition, it ma…