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Bankers and views on farm credit conditions

By Harwood D. Schaffer and Daryll E. Ray Agricultural Policy Analysis Center In our recent meetings with farm groups, one topic that regularly came up...

Nelson: Cow turning

by Jerry Nelson Special to the Farm Forum For many, springtime marks the start of the lawn care season. When I was a youngster, the advent...

Controlling weeds in perennial beds

By David Graper SDSU Extension Horticulture Specialist Quackgrass and bromegrass are often two of the worst weeds in perennial flower gardens and in perennial vegetables like...

Keeping honeybees healthy: A role for veterinarians?

by Russ Daly Special to the Farm Forum I admit it. I’m biased when it comes to the term, “food animal.” Invariably, one of three animals...

Is it time for an oil change in your kitchen?

By Julie Garden-Robinson NDSU Extension Service Food and Nutrition Specialist Have you ever been startled by the unpleasant aroma of a previously opened container of oil...

Improper grazing steals from the future

By Kris Ringwall NDSU Extension Service Beef Specialist Proper cattle management means proper pasture management. Correct pasture stocking rates and grazing plans are essential for the short...

Guebert: Iowa editor courting courage

By Alan Guebert Farm and Food File On April 10, Art Cullen of the Storm Lake (Iowa) Times was awarded the 2017 Pulitzer Prize in Editorial...

The Planted Row: Social media is a powerful tool

by Stan Wise Farm Forum Editor Through the years, I've been lucky enough to see what agriculture looks like over much of the country. I’ve seen...

Planting progress falls behind normal

By Ray Grabanski Special to the Farm Forum 04/18/17 — Surprisingly, planting progress has fallen behind normal this spring in spite of some relatively warm temperatures...

Ganje: South Dakota’s version of Alice in Wonderland

By David Ganje Ganje Law Offices What are non-meandered water bodies in South Dakota? In Alice in Wonderland, the mock turtle says, “Well, I never heard...

Tree Facts: Planting bare root trees

By Natalie Euler Natural Resource Specialist, Northwest Area Conservation Districts Approximately a million trees are planted in South Dakota every year. Trees are planted for many...

Black Ink: Are you on track?

By Steve Suther Certified Angus Beef LLC Biology says it takes two years from the day you breed cows till their calves can be harvested for...

Early farm program proposals are found wanting

By Harwood D. Schaffer and Daryll E. Ray Agricultural Policy Analysis Center A year away from the expiration of the 2014 Farm Bill, we don’t...

Nelson: Seasonal changes

by Jerry Nelson Special to the Farm Forum Spring has swept across the prairie, shoving the ratty old couch of Winter out to the curb to...

Gardening and tree planting tips

by Rhoda Burrows Professor and SDSU Extension Horticulture Specialist Peas Peas are one of the first vegetables to be planted in the spring, as they enjoy cooler...

Grilled fruits and vegetables add flair to your menu

By Julie Garden-Robinson NDSU Extension Service Food and Nutrition Specialist When I was in high school, my brother gave my parents a charcoal barbecue grill. I don’t...

BeefTalk: Zero tolerance for bad cows

By Kris Ringwall NDSU Extension Service Beef Specialist I apologize if the following words are too harsh, but they are true. Unfortunately, some know the feeling all...

Guebert: There goes the neighborhood

By Alan Guebert Farm and Food File Farmers and ranchers pride themselves on neighborliness, and rightly so. Rare is the season, after all, when the local...

Planting begins

By Ray Grabanski Special to the Farm Forum 04/11/17 — It’s early April, with the first third of the month flying by with very little...

The Planted Row: Time to talk about production control

by Stan Wise Farm Forum Editor Those of us tied into ag news saw that the Trump administration claimed a victory over the weekend. After President...

Cargill generates Twitter ‘storm’ over non-GMO outreach

By Sara Wyant Special to the Farm Forum Savvy Cargill observers have watched the historically press-sensitive private company steadily gain a more public and media-friendly presence...

‘Regulatory Freeze’ notice puts scheduled GIPSA rules on ice

By Harwood D. Schaffer and Daryll E. Ray Agricultural Policy Analysis Center This past December the Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) issued an...

Ink About Ag: How do you win in tough times?

By Connie Sieh Groop Special to the Farm Forum Would you sell land if you could get $10,000 an acre? The speaker at this year’s Lamont-Rhodes...

Emergency preparedness on dairies

By Tracey Erickson SDSU Extension Dairy Field Specialist Emergency preparedness is something we all know we should do, but unfortunately it often ends up on the...

Emergency preparedness on dairies

By Tracey Erickson SDSU Extension Dairy Field Specialist Emergency preparedness is something we all know we should do, but unfortunately it often ends up on the...

Plant development for the growing season

By John Ball SDSU Extension Forestry Specialist We are ahead of most years in plant develop though not as far as last year. The flowers are...

“How are you feeling, Mr. Nelson?”

by Jerry Nelson Special to the Farm Forum My wife and I were waiting at a restaurant’s bar when we bumped into a memory. We were meeting...

Address off-farm family members now

by Dennis Foster Special to the Farm Forum The last several columns have been devoted to a discussion of taxes, IRA contributions and my fondness for...

Lead poisoning: A risk for cattle on pasture

by Russ Daly Special to the Farm Forum The grass was already good enough for Jerry to turn out his Holstein steer calves onto a new...

How much food do you toss?

By Julie Garden-Robinson Food and Nutrition Specialist, NDSU Extension Service A few years ago, I found a container of frosting in my cupboard that required a...

BeefTalk: Cattle, so why not sheep, too?

By Kris Ringwall NDSU Extension Service Beef Specialist Previous discussions in this column noted sheep can be stocked on a cattle operation at the rate of...

The Planted Row: Lessons from the Delta

by Stan Wise Farm Forum Editor Living in Aberdeen, S.D., with its flat landscape and surrounding large fields, sometimes reminds me of the year I spent...

Guebert: The auctioneer’s song

By Alan Guebert Farm and Food File For someone who rarely attended auctions, my father somehow managed to host or co-host four different auctions in the...

Acreage affects prices

By Ray Grabanski Special to the Farm Forum 04/04/17 — The USDA acreage intentions report on March 31 had an impact on prices, with corn going...

Expanding cows or herds

By Justin Sexten Certified Angus Beef LLC As the cow herd expands, market prices contract from their record highs and focus more attention on adding value....

Tree Facts: Rhizosphaera needle cast

By Natalie Euler Natural Resource Specialist, Northwest Area Conservation Districts Rhizosphaera needle cast is one of the most common fungal diseases of Colorado blue spruce trees....

Nelson: A dairy good time

by Jerry Nelson Special to the Farm Forum There are hazards associated with almost every activity. For a klutz like me, even trimming my toenails involves...

It’s Easter lily time

By David Graper SDSU Extension Horticulture Specialist Easter lily (Lilium longiflorum) plants are a sign of spring and of course Easter. They are usually only available...

USDA’s ten-year projections: What do they mean for the next Farm...

By Harwood D. Schaffer and Daryll E. Ray Agricultural Policy Analysis Center Over the last 3 weeks we looked at the USDA Agricultural Projections to...

Crop planting guide: Soil temperature and germination

By David Karki SDSU Extension Agronomy Field Specialist Successful crop production to maximize profitability starts at planting. Selecting the best cultivar, preparing seed bed, maintaining optimum...

Be aware of grocery store psychology

By Julie Garden-Robinson Food and Nutrition Specialist, NDSU Extension Service “I think I will curl up by a pallet of baked beans and take a nap,”...

BeefTalk: For every cow, add a ewe and increase net return...

By Kris Ringwall NDSU Extension Service Beef Specialist Research has shown multispecies grazing may improve revenue flow, but the pace of agriculture oftentimes inhibits producer pondering. The...

The Planted Row: Time to invest in rural infrastructure

by Stan Wise Farm Forum Editor Last May, WEB Water board members decided to impose a moratorium on service for new buildings or existing disconnected water...

Guebert: March madness embarks

By Alan Guebert Farm and Food File If only Julius Caesar had listened to the soothsayer who, in plain Latin, warned him, “Beware of the Ides...

Acreage report Friday

by Ray Grabanski Special to the Farm Forum 03/22/17 — Grain markets continued their soft tone the past week, with corn, soybeans, and wheat all dropping...

Ganje: To setback, or not to setback? That is the question

by David Ganje Ganje Law Offices Walworth County is now considering the adoption of a new Walworth County Zoning Ordinance. It is a comprehensive planning and...

South Dakota Ag Education and FFA History: The beginning of land-grant...

By Clark W. Hanson Professor Emeritus, Agricultural Education, SDSU Author’s Note: To commemorate the passage of the Smith Hughes Act of 1917, I have decided to...

Pasture Bugs N’ Grubs Road Show coming in April

By Pete Bauman SDSU Extension Range Field Specialist Once again, The South Dakota Grassland Coalition, SDSU Extension, NRCS, and others are teaming up to bring the...

Parenting skills

by Jerry Nelson Special to the Farm Forum I hate to brag, but I’m a “natural” in the field of parenting. This is largely due to...

Trump’s new team sending ag-friendly messages

By Sara Wyant Special to the Farm Forum The recent nomination hearing for Sonny Perdue, President Trump’s nominee for agriculture secretary, was a relative “love fest”...
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