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Within the dairy and livestock industry we spend a majority of our time focused on animal comfort and care. We know this is extremely important, we also know that it is vital to the success of our operations and is highly valued by consumers. But let me ask you this, how much emphasis are we…

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Sitting on my couch with a cup of coffee, I look out my picture window and see a beautiful glistening blanket of snow. It seems like every other day South Dakotans are seeing a flurry of snow. It is piling up all over. One might be inclined to look out and say, “Oh no, not again. What is thi…

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02/19/19 — The U.S. and China have been negotiating on trade for the past 80 days, working to come to some agreement on trade issues between the #1 and #2 economies in the world. However, to date, the elusive agreement has not been reached, and both sides are running out of time to reach an …

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Editor's note: To commemorate the passage of the Smith Hughes Act of 1917, Mr. Hanson has written a historical summary of events that occurred in the South Dakota agricultural education program. Over a two year time frame a series of articles will share how the South Dakota program originate…

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It is a busy time of the year for all of us instructors at the South Dakota Center Farm/Ranch Management. We worked closely with our producers throughout the year on keeping the bookwork up-to-date. Once the income and expenses have been finalized for the year and the balance sheet completed…

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Blowing snow boiled across the road, creating the illusion that the highway was a cascade of milk. The sky was clear, and visibility was excellent. That is, down to about a foot above the road, where visibility was zero. Were it not for the reassuring rumble of rubber on asphalt, I could hav…

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Q I want to start some cuttings from an American elm. Got any pointers? Timing to make the cuttings? Do I need to constantly mist the cuttings or just the soil? Temp – air and soil? Any and all info is greatly appreciated.

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The new year now feels old once you get into a busy season like calving. There are many spans of time in cattle country that can make us feel there’s too much to do, or too little time in each day.

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02/12/19 — This week top U.S. trade negotiators will be in China, negotiating a trade agreement with China that seems more important than any other fundamental in the marketplace. After all, Friday we had a ‘two-for-one’ USDA report that cut world production of grain a lot (5 mmt soybeans in…

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One of the issues that intrigues us as agricultural policy analysts is the factors that influence crop prices over long periods of time. Recently we decided to seriously examine corn prices. While agriculture was important in the early history, it was not until 1862 that the federal governme…

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The latest USDA crop production report and the World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report were both released on February 8. These reports were originally scheduled to be released in mid-January; however, they were delayed by the partial shutdown of the Federal government. …

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Everybody talks about the government, but nobody does anything about it. That statement has been true ever since the first barely-sentient creature slithered out of the primordial ooze and filed the paperwork to start a campaign finance committee.

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Q I have a friend who has voles in her yard, and it sounds like a lot of the yards in St. Onge. What can they do about them? I think it is funny, but the voles are active this winter, under the snow.

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02/05/19 — We turn the clock over to February this week, and that means it’s outlook time, with USDA in late February typically providing their Ag Outlook for the coming year for crops and livestock. We’ve basically had five good crops in a row, with above trend yields now going on some kind…

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With the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill in the rearview mirror, it’s an appropriate time to look at farm bills and other factors that have an impact on the farm economy over a longer period of time to see what they might tell us about the next four years. It turns out that the two events in t…

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As an instructor with the South Dakota Center of Farm/Ranch Management (SDCFRM) program, I am not sure I am proud of the title of this article. In the past few months, I have signed up a number of new clients and, after working with them the first day, they tell me, “Where were you five year…

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There are those who believe that our Valentine’s Day tradition began in 1620 when Rudolph Valentino, weary and bedraggled from his heroic journey to a local shopping mall, stood on Plymouth Rock and, reading from the original Magna Carta, proclaimed, “Every man shall be free to determine the…

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During the next few weeks, many farm operators will be finalizing their crop insurance decisions for the 2019 crop year. March 15th is the deadline to purchase crop insurance for the 2019 crop year. Profit margins for crop production this year remain very tight, which makes the 2019 crop ins…

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When I was young, I loved books. I couldn’t stop reading them. I’d read them on the bus to and from school. I’d hide them under my desk in class and read when the teacher wasn’t looking. My favorite thing to do was read by flashlight under my blankets late into the night, long after my paren…

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01/29/19 — This week on Jan. 30 and 31, the lead Chinese negotiator Liu He and a team of a dozen negotiators will come to Washington to continue the trade negotiations with the Trump team led by U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. Recall this wh…

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Crop producers are now in the process of doing their crop income and expense estimates for the 2019 crop year. One of the big questions for farm managers is whether to expect any ARC-CO payments from the 2018 crop year in October this year. For the 2017 crop year, very few counties received …

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Travel south from our area and you’ll eventually find yourself among people who are very different than us. People who, when they hear the words “ice fishing,” envision retrieving the cubes from their mint julep.

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In general, daylilies are very tough plants. The wild ones are sometimes called ditch lilies, because that is where they like to grow. They like lots of sun, like they would get growing alongside a road with no trees. It is very important to select a sunny spot to plant daylilies. They will …

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01/22/19 — The market seems to have a case of the winter blues here in January. Not much movement in the markets so far in 2019, but what movement there has been has been mostly positive. Negotiations between the U.S. and China on trade are ongoing, and that is a positive development for agr…

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During our interminable Northern winters – when it’s so cold outside that liquid nitrogen stays liquid – it’s difficult to get the amount of physical activity recommended in the Federal Exercise Directives – Ultrathin People (FED-UP) guidelines.

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