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Fly management strategies

By Heather Hilbrands, DVM Casselton Veterinary Service Inc., Casselton, N.D Flies are proliferative and persistent creatures. They can lay 50-150 eggs every few days, and...

BeefTalk: On the prairie, listen and walk, not run

By Kris Ringwall NDSU Extension Service Beef Specialist To truly appreciate the wonders of the prairie, one must stop, look and listen. Believe it or not, the...

Perennial ground covers for South Dakota

By David Graper SDSU Extension Horticulture Specialist Aegopodium podagraria ‘Variegatum’ (bishop’s goutweed) I need to mention is Aegopodium (bishop’s goutweed). This is one of the toughest...

Does sleep evade you on some nights?

By Julie Garden-Robinson NDSU Extension Service Food and Nutrition Specialist I opened the hotel room door and glanced around the room. I rolled my suitcase in...

Guebert: The artlessness of the deal

By Alan Guebert Farm and Food File What Trump Administration appointees lack in reticence they make up for in certitude. Take Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue. Just...

The Planted Row: Take a second look at seed treatments

by Stan Wise Farm Forum Editor Well, it's happened again. Another study has been published with evidence that in northern states, under most circumstances, neonicotinoid soybean...

Spring season about average?

By Ray Grabanski Special to the Farm Forum 05/23/17 — It has been an interesting planting season thus far. Early in the season it looked...

Sharing our agricultural traditions

by Kristi Noem U.S. House of Representatives For nearly 100 years, my family has farmed the land we live on. It’s more than a business to...

NAFTA nervousness: Farm groups anxious about renegotiating trade pact

By Sara Wyant Special to the Farm Forum It’s official: After months of bashing the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) on the campaign trail last...

Hair today

by Jerry Nelson Special to the Farm Forum We have a problem with the fuzz at our house. It’s actually more of a fur issue, but...

Considerations for planting alfalfa in spring

Karla A. Hernandez, PhD SDSU Extension Forages Field Specialist Producers are trying to get their alfalfa planted. Some areas have been very wet which have made...

Vaccinating yourself – by accident

By Russ Daly Special to the Farm Forum With animal vaccines, the route of administration is an important consideration for their effectiveness and, for food...

Spring garden planting tips

By David Graper SDSU Extension Horticulture Specialist Many gardeners have been already been out and planting in their gardens. Now is a good time to get...

BeefTalk: Proactive cow penning

By Kris Ringwall NDSU Extension Service Beef Specialist A beef producer needs a set of “liquid cattle” - the group that is easy to round up...

Do you have any dietary restrictions?

By Julie Garden-Robinson NDSU Extension Service Food and Nutrition Specialist I have been to several professional development conferences lately. Most of the registration forms have a...

Health insurance: Time to find a workable solution

By Harwood D. Schaffer and Daryll E. Ray Agricultural Policy Analysis Center The U.S. House of Representatives recently voted to repeal and replace those elements...

The Planted Row: Northern Plains Livestock Day – June 3

by Stan Wise Farm Forum Editor Every year, the Aberdeen Area Chamber of Commerce Ag Committee organizes and runs the Northern Plains Livestock Day, a livestock...

Ag’s greatest innovation

By Alan Guebert Farm and Food File In my youth, May brought two noticeable changes to the big Lutheran church my family faithfully attended. The first...

Winter wheat deteriorates

By Ray Grabanski Special to the Farm Forum 05/16/17 — For the first week in over a year, winter wheat yield models from Progressive Ag...

Winter wheat deteriorates

By Ray Grabanski Special to the Farm Forum 05/16/17 — For the first week in over a year, winter wheat yield models from Progressive Ag declined...

Technology in the livestock industry

By David Koupal South Dakota Center for Farm/Ranch Business Management A few weeks ago I instructed an artificial insemination (AI) class in Hot Springs, S.D. We...

SD Grassland Coalition bird tour June 9-10

By Pete Bauman SDSU Extension Range Field Specialist All are invited to attend the 11th Annual South Dakota Grassland Coalition “Birds: at Home on the Range”...

Nelson: Field tripping

by Jerry Nelson Special to the Farm Forum Spring has arrived and a tremendous roar is reverberating across the countryside. This clamor is not just from...

Roadtrippin’ in South Dakota

by Jane Green Special to the Farm Forum There we were. Just the two of us, cruising down the highway like a couple of kids. Our...

Melons, melons, melons

By Rhoda Burrows SDSU Extension Horticulturist Cantaloupe and honeydew are familiar to most of us, but there are a wide variety of other melons available to...

Sunny Santa Fe blends southwestern styles

The Santa Fe's name couldn't be more appropriate. This Pueblo-Spanish Revival home shows influences of both Spanish Colonial buildings and Native American pueblos. Stucco...

Mid-sized Rainier loaded with amenities

A vaulted great room is at the core of the Rainier, a mid-size ranch-style home loaded with popular amenities. Its wood and stone exterior...

Rambling Colorado a beautiful bungalow

Craftsman-style bungalows reached their peak of popularity in the early 1900s. The Colorado is such an attractive update of that style that it's hard...

Compact Bristol is ideal for small families

A charming railed porch spans the Bristol's front facade and meanders around to the left. Folks that enjoy porch swings will find a perfect...

BeefTalk: Ponder this: $2,000 each for your steer crop

By Kris Ringwall NDSU Extension Service Beef Specialist Calving is just finished or winding down for many. Although some would say this is premature, now actually is...

Reap the benefits of family mealtimes

By Julie Garden-Robinson NDSU Extension Service Food and Nutrition Specialist “Should we go see a hawk?” my son asked after we finished eating dinner with the...

Connecting Agriculture: Celebrating Wildfire Awareness Month

By Mike Jaspers South Dakota Secretary of Agriculture I spent some time this past weekend at the parts store picking up a new battery for my...

Ag and rural votes key for Trump: Will he return the...

By Harwood D. Schaffer and Daryll E. Ray Agricultural Policy Analysis Center As we write this column, President Trump has passed the 100 day mark...

The Planted Row: Remember the other mothers

By Stan Wise Farm Form Editor Everyone knows to show some appreciation for their mother on Mother's Day. However, there are usually other women in our...

Guebert: Pass the biscuits and the buck

By Alan Guebert Farm and Food File Leave it to the language experts at England’s Oxford Dictionaries to come up with a two-word “Word of the...

Planting lurches forward

By Ray Grabanski Special to the Farm Forum 05/09/17 — As planting progress plods along, we also are dealing with the issue of how much damage...

South Dakota Agricultural Education and FFA History: The establishment of land-grant...

By Clark W. Hanson Professor Emeritus, Agricultural Education, South Dakota State University Author’s Note: To commemorate the passage of the Smith Hughes Act of 1917,...

Are we there yet?

By Miranda Reiman Certified Angus Beef LLC We were bringing a little preschool friend out to our house for the afternoon. She was a town kid...

Meet Secretary Sonny Perdue – new man at the helm of...

By Sara Wyant Special to the Farm Forum Sonny Perdue was confirmed as the 31st Secretary of Agriculture just over two weeks ago, but he’s already...

Fly population management on dairies

By Tracey Erickson SDSU Extension Dairy Field Specialist Fly control in concentrated animal feeding operations such as dairies is a challenge, especially as the weather heats...

The needs of your tree

By Natalie Euler Natural Resource Specialist, Northwest Area Conservation Districts Normally we would have ample soil moisture from the snow melt and spring rains, but in...

Farm Management Minute: Annual report provides snapshot of SD agriculture

by Kathy Meland South Dakota Center for Farm/Ranch Business Management The South Dakota Center for Farm/Ranch Business Management recently published the 2016 Annual Report. I realize...

Nelson: Don’t forget your wife on Mother’s Day

by Jerry Nelson Special to the Farm Forum Mother’s Day is almost here, which means the greeting card industry is about to receive a cash infusion...

Tree and shrub care topics for early May

By John Ball SDSU Extension Forestry Specialist Plant development for the growing season We hopefully had our last snow storm of the season and now will return...

Do you know what makes asparagus unique?

By Julie Garden-Robinson NDSU Extension Service Food and Nutrition Specialist I opened the refrigerator and noted the large bunch of dark green asparagus. I had purchased...

Vaccines: Tools for animal and human health

by Russ Daly Special to the Farm Forum When was the last time you were vaccinated? If you’re like most animal producers or pet owners,...

BeefTalk: Cows pregnant again in 82 Days

By Kris Ringwall NDSU Extension Beef Specialist Assuming a 283-day gestation, if the cow that calved on April 1 wants to maintain her position as the...

Ganje: Quieting turbulent waters

by David Ganje Ganje Law Offices Water and the law are a bit like oil and water — they do not mix well. South Dakota has had...

Two decades of overestimating future corn exports to China

By Harwood D. Schaffer and Daryll E. Ray Agricultural Policy Analysis Center During the Great Leap Forward and the subsequent Cultural Revolution, Chinese agriculture was...

The Planted Row: Showing respect for the past

by Stan Wise Farm Forum Editor When I look at a landscape, I like to try to imagine what it might have looked like in the...
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