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Tree and shrub care and concerns for late July

By John Ball SDSU Extension Forestry Specialist Emerald ash borer - Update The recent confirmation of emerald ash borer in Buena Vista County in Iowa, a mere...

July is National Ice Cream Month

By Julie Garden-Robinson NDSU Extension Service Food and Nutrition Specialist “Mongoose tracks,” the text from my 14-year-old daughter said. “OK,” I texted back. I knew exactly what her...

BeefTalk: Be cautious and do not overspend for hay

By Kris Ringwall NDSU Extension Service Beef Specialist I have a cow worth $1,000. Ponder these questions: Should I sell the cow and place the money in...

Handsome Huntington is cozy and bright

The Huntington's wrap-around covered porch puts the average covered porch to shame. Handsome exposed timbers support and highlight its lofty central gable, and the...

Traditional Houston has a classy front facade

Compact and spacious at the same time, the Houston is as economical to build as it is to heat. It's a fairly traditional plan,...

Lupine is richly windowed throughout

Small panes of glass fill generously sized window openings to give the Lupine an intriguing Georgian look. Gridded garage doors echo that theme, while...

Modest Evelyn has lots of simple charm

The Evelyn's simply charming porches, almost identical in style, are gracefully inviting access points in both the front and the back. Slender wooden columns support...

The stupidly expensive non-broadband blues

By Alan Guebert Farm and Food File Twelve years ago this month, the lovely Catherine and I moved from a three-story, oak-lined Victorian house in town...

The Planted Row: It’s going to take all of us

by Stan Wise Farm Forum Editor While the Affordable Care Act, often referred to as Obamacare, has helped many people in this country, it hasn’t always...

Corn and bean rally over?

by Ray Grabanski Special to the Farm Forum 07/18/17 — Grain prices rallied to new highs the first week in July. But since then prices retreated...

Funding for federal agricultural research facilities falls far short of needs

by Harwood D. Schaffer and Daryll E. Ray Agricultural Policy Analysis Center, University of Tennessee In discussing the agricultural budget, it is easy to focus...

Tree Facts: Fire blight in trees and shrubs

By Natalie Euler Natural Resource Specialist Fire blight is showing up all over in northwestern South Dakota. It is a bacterial disease caused by the bacterium...

Federal budget, tax reform complicate efforts to pass a new farm...

By Sara Wyant Special to the Farm Forum The future of a new farm bill is tied up in negotiations over a fiscal 2018 budget...

Krueger: Drought has farmers looking to next year

By Gerald Krueger Aberdeen Well, here we are again. Same song, different verse. Drought. Dang it! It seems as though in this country of infrequent moisture...

What do people really understand about antibiotics and hormones in animal...

By Russ Daly Special to the Farm Forum More and more visitor groups are setting foot in SDSU’s brand-new cow-calf and swine units as they’ve come...

Nelson: Summer family vacation

by Jerry Nelson Special to the Farm Forum Summertime is the season for that strange annual tradition known as the family vacation. When you think about it,...

BeefTalk: A beef cow is what she eats

By Kris Ringwall NDSU Extension Service Beef Specialist Droughts are not new. I remember Dad recounting the 1930s and the experiences Grandpa had. Hay, or any feed,...

What is bugging your garden this week?

By David Graper SDSU Extension Horticulture Specialist Perhaps a better title for this column is what is bugging gardeners this week? There are lots of pest...

July is National Watermelon Month

By Julie Garden-Robinson NDSU Extension Service Food and Nutrition Specialist The other day I was at my desk at work, talking to my computer screen, but...

Making observations count

By Justin Sexten Certified Angus Beef LLC This time of year, you probably spend more time observing than working cattle. Calving is complete and bulls have...

Guebert: ‘Done reading your rubbish …’

By Alan Guebert Farm and Food File Six months may have passed since readers last got their say in this space, but nothing during that time...

The Planted Row: Following in our fathers’ footsteps

by Stan Wise Farm Forum Editor For the third year in a row, my son is spending a portion of his summer at my family's farm...

Update in alfalfa production

By Karla A. Hernandez SDSU Extension Forage Field Specialist Similar to last year, many parts of South Dakota are experiencing dry conditions. Many areas have gotten...

Tools that work

By Miranda Reiman Certified Angus Beef LLC You need to hang a picture on a wall. As you grab a hammer and swing, I bet you...

Drought conditions stressing lawns and gardens

By David Graper SDSU Extension Horticulture Specialist The U.S. Drought Monitor map for South Dakota released on July 6 shows that over 90 percent of South...

Connecting Agriculture: Creating an accurate drought monitor

By Mike Jaspers South Dakota Secretary of Agriculture Drought conditions have continued to spread across South Dakota over the past few weeks. The most recent drought...

Nelson: Feeling one’s oats

by Jerry Nelson Special to the Farm Forum Motoring around the countryside, it appears to me that oats are making a comeback. I say this despite...

Make some memories with picnics

By Julie Garden-Robinson NDSU Extension Service Food and Nutrition Specialist I remember the picnics of my youth. I looked forward to visiting a picnic site at...

BeefTalk: Start planning for next year: Pregnancy check cows early

By Kris Ringwall NDSU Extension Service Beef Specialist Mother Nature has changed everything — again. The upper Midwest’s dry to drought conditions have changed stocking rates, challenged...

The Planted Row: We can’t afford to be destructive

by Stan Wise Farm Forum Editor In last week’s column, I complained that local Farm Service Agency officials were not allowed to speak with me concerning...

Too many cooks in the ag kitchen

By Alan Guebert Farm and Food File Toques, the starched, stovepipe hats worn by chefs, are crowned with 100 tiny pleats that, explain the French, represent...

Drought assistance is on the way

By John Thune United States Senator The Fourth of July is one of my favorite holidays, and I know I’m not alone. Not only do we...

Tree Facts: What are those spots on my cottonwood trees?

By Natalie Euler Natural Resource Specialist Leaf spot fungal diseases can make cottonwood and poplar trees look unsightly. Occasionally, a severe disease outbreak can cause premature...

Syngenta’s Viptera trial divides growers over future of innovation

By Sara Wyant Special to the Farm Forum It was Thursday, June 22, in the Syngenta Viptera trial. The lawyers for the Kansas growers and...

Understanding drought and heat stress in crops

by David Karki SDSU Extension Agronomy Field Specialist Despite significant technological advancement in modern agriculture such as improved genetics, modern chemistries to control pests, equipment to...

Nelson: Hayloft fun

by Jerry Nelson Special to the Farm Forum Summer vacation has arrived, which means that schoolchildren are busily honing their math and spelling skills and assiduously...

Managing calf vaccinations when weaning early

By Russ Daly Special to the Farm Forum By now, the drought conditions in the Dakotas is not news to anyone. Even back in early June,...

Spotted wing fruit fly damaging fruit crops

By David Graper SDSU Extension Horticulture Specialist Ms. Bennur Agbaba MS Student at SDSU studying this pest The spotted wing fruit fly, also known as Spotted Wing Drosophila...

BeefTalk: When early weaning, adapt calves and provide right nutrition

By Kris Ringwall NDSU Extension Service Beef Specialist While we are dry in the upper Great Plains, and the lack of moisture is depressing, much of...

Have you enjoyed any anthocyanins lately?

By Julie Garden-Robinson NDSU Extension Service Food and Nutrition Specialist “What color scheme should we have this year?” I asked my older daughter as we surveyed...

Ganje: Corps of Engineers takes another bite at the apple

by David Ganje Ganje Law Offices The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recently published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in a new effort to obtain control...

The Planted Row: Government employees should be allowed to speak

By Stan Wise Farm Forum Editor Next week, we celebrate the Fourth of July. Hamburgers. Watermelons. Friends and family. Fireworks. Maybe even a day at the...

Amazon plunges into grocery business

by Alan Guebert Special to the Farm Forum When Jeff Bezos, the founder, chairman, and CEO of giant online retailer Amazon.com Inc., paid $250 million for...

Another weather pattern change?

by Ray Grabanski Special to the Farm Forum 06/27/17 — Last week we talked about a potential weather pattern change, one which would provide cooler and...

Nelson: Automotive memories

by Jerry Nelson Special to the Farm Forum A recent walk-through at a car show was a disconcerting experience. This is because many of the vehicles...

Get the weeds out while they are young

By David Graper SDSU Extension Horticulture Specialist Now is the time when those pesky weeds are really coming up full force in many gardens around the...

Daugaard: Pulling through another drought

By Gov. Dennis Daugaard Pierre This guest column was written by South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard. As of late, I have been keeping my eye on the...

Krueger: Farm not complete without old airplane

By Gerald Krueger Aberdeen I find myself going back over my life, since not too many new avenues will be opening up to me from here...

Gardening provides more than healthful food

By Julie Garden-Robinson NDSU Extension Service Food and Nutrition Specialist “She weeded the garden in her Sunday clothes without getting dirty,” my husband announced to some...

BeefTalk: How early is too early to wean?

By Kris Ringwall NDSU Extension Service Beef Specialist Can I wean 90-day-old calves that weigh 300 pounds? The answer is yes. Dry weather has made this -...
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