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US-China trade spat now ‘on hold’ – what’s next?

By Sara Wyant Special to the Farm Forum Since March, we’ve been watching a potential high-stakes trade war building between the US and China – first...

#EveryFieldEveryTime

By Mike Jaspers South Dakota Secretary of Agriculture Technology is changing the way farmers manage their operations. This is particularly apparent to anyone who’s stuck their...

Jerry Nelson: The wedding

by Jerry Nelson Special to the Farm Forum Our long national nightmare has finally ended; we can all heave a collective sigh of relief. A sigh...

Health papers serve a purpose

By Russ Daly Special to the Farm Forum Earlier this spring I wrote about the equine herpesvirus illnesses occurring in horses on the east coast...

America’s most weeded – dandelion

By David Graper SDSU Extension Horticulture Specialist Dandelions (Taraxacum officinale) are probably one of the most noticeable and common lawn and field weeds of all. Just...

May is National Bike Month

By Julie Garden-Robinson NDSU Extension Food and Nutrition Specialist “Use your gears,” my husband called back over his shoulder. That’s easy for him to say, I thought...

BeefTalk: Future of beef revisited

By Kris Ringwall NDSU Extension Beef Specialist More than a decade ago (fall of 2006), the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association published a discussion focused on...

Freedom to Farm: Been there done that

by Harwood D. Schaffer and Daryll E. Ray Agricultural Policy Analysis Center This last week we were asked by a legal reporter to comment on...

Farm and Food File: The winning losers

By Alan Guebert Farm and Food File There’s something fundamentally wrong with a legislative process that delivers a Farm Bill so deeply flawed that groups as...

The Planted Row: Enjoy the beauty of spring

by Stan Wise Farm Forum Editor The leaves are finally popping out of the trees here in northern South Dakota. The days are warming up, and...

Good weather, trade deals

by Ray Grabanski Special to the Farm Forum 05/15/18 — The past week has been dominated by relatively good weather for planting in the Corn Belt...

Jerry Nelson: The substitute

by Jerry Nelson Special to the Farm Forum My wife and I were at a public house recently when we struck up a conversation with a...

Emerald ash borer confirmed in Sioux Falls

By John Ball SDSU Extension Forestry Specialist I received a text the morning of May 6, from a Sioux Falls tree company that was pruning some...

Ganje: Two proposals for managing water sources

by David Ganje Ganje Law Offices Managing water sources The state Water Management Board (WMB) was created in 1955. The legislature gave authority to the WMB with...

My picky eater grew up to be a healthful eater

By Julie Garden-Robinson NDSU Extension Food and Nutrition Specialist “I suppose this is going to be a column,” my son said as I pushed a grocery...

BeefTalk: Pasturing – get it right

By Kris Ringwall NDSU Extension Beef Specialist Pastures and cattle seem synonymous, co-dependent. Pasturing is a product of domestication, the need to keep cattle in a desired...

House Ag Committee proposes raising reference prices following periods of ‘high’...

by Harwood D. Schaffer and Daryll E. Ray Agricultural Policy Analysis Center On April 12, 2018, members of the House of Representatives Agriculture Committee received...

The Planted Row: Is farm work a career or a job?

by Stan Wise Farm Forum Editor When I was still a farm kid, I often tried to get some of my city kid friends to come...

A Merry Christmas for whom?

by Ray Grabanski Special to the Farm Forum 05/08/18 — We had a nice rally into new highs in winter wheat and corn markets, the highest...

Farm and Food File: What’s the matter with Kansas?

By Alan Guebert Farm and Food File For over 100 years, some Kansans have either built or added to their journalism reputation by asking this simple...

Familiar Farm Bill battles start brewing again

By Sara Wyant Special to the Farm Forum Shortly after the U.S. House of Representatives defeated the Farm Bill on June 20, 2013, Rep. Justin Amash,...

SD Grassland Coalition Bird Tour scheduled for June 8-9

By Pete Bauman SDSU Extension Range Field Specialist All are invited to attend the 12th Annual South Dakota Grassland Coalition “Birds: at Home on the Range”...

Keeping after it

By Miranda Reiman Certified Angus Beef LLC “You’re a great mom!” When people say that, I hope it’s true. But sometimes the remark comes as I’ve just luckily...

Jerry Nelson: Kansas still rocks!

by Jerry Nelson Special to the Farm Forum The crowd gathering in the auditorium contained more gray heads than an AARP convention. Some of the ladies...

iGrow Gardening: Planting onions

By David Graper SDSU Extension Horticulture Specialist Onions are a favorite vegetable of many home gardeners. They are easy to grow and can be enjoyed much...

Bull breeding soundness exams: Essential insurance

By Russ Daly Special to the Farm Forum Insurance is a fact of life in agriculture, and the options for reducing risk are plentiful, whether...

BeefTalk: On day 21 following bull turnout, 60 percent of cows...

By Kris Ringwall NDSU Extension Beef Specialist Are the cows ready to breed, and will 60 percent conceive a calf within 21 days following bull turnout? In...

South Dakota Agricultural Education and FFA History: Student and instructor experiences...

BY CLARK W. HANSON Professor Emeritus, Agricultural Education, SDSU Editor’s Note: To commemorate the passage of the Smith Hughes Act of 1917, Clark Hanson has written...

Add some new flavors to your menu

By Julie Garden-Robinson NDSU Extension Food and Nutrition Specialist “Do you know what’s in the sauce?” I asked the server. “Do you not like it?” he asked. I...

Guest column: Current Farm Bill doesn’t work for farmers

By Doug Sombke President, South Dakota Farmers Union As South Dakota family farmers and ranchers we work each day to feed the families of millions of...

Why ‘veggie meat’ won’t replace beef

By Justin Sexten, Ph.D. Certified Angus Beef LLC Lately the news is overrun with features on how we humans plan to shift away from meat as...

The Planted Row: Take care of your neighbor

by Stan Wise Farm Forum Editor Dicamba-tolerant soybean seeds were available for purchase in this country before the newer formulations of dicamba — labeled for use...

Grabanski: Planting woefully behind

by Ray Grabanski Special to the Farm Forum 05/02/18 — Finally, after a horrid March and April across most of the Corn Belt, May has arrived...

Preparing to host a farm tour

By Tracey Erickson SDSU Dairy Field Specialist As we know less than one percent of Americas population has direct connections to agriculture production. Therefore many producers...

Jerry Nelson: Waiting In waiting rooms

by Jerry Nelson Special to the Farm Forum We have lately been spending some time in waiting rooms waiting for my wife’s medical appointments. My wife has...

Ganje: Better to sin against God than bureaucracy

by David Ganje Ganje Law Offices In this opinion piece I discuss the recent case of a South Dakota farmer criminally convicted for setting drain tile...

Spring finally arrives in South Dakota

By David Graper SDSU Extension Horticulture Specialist The spring of 2018 was punctuated with several false starts and a few major setbacks. But, now it appears...

Are my leafy greens safe to eat?

By Julie Garden-Robinson NDSU Extension Food and Nutrition Specialist “Can I eat the romaine lettuce in my refrigerator?” the caller asked. “No, we need to toss romaine...

BeefTalk: Balanced mineral supplements are good for the cow

By Kris Ringwall NDSU Extension Beef Specialist The change in the weather has brought much excitement to the north country. Pasture sorting for the appropriate turnout day...

The Planted Row: Celebrating a commitment to education

By Stan Wise Farm Forum Editor Back when I still lived in Mississippi, I noticed something a little odd in our rural community. Some of the...

Farm and Food File: Might over right

By Alan Guebert Farm and Food File One of the clearest memories I have as a second grade student is looking north from my classroom windows...

State beef checkoff under fire – which others are next?

By Sara Wyant Special to the Farm Forum The recent decision by a U.S. Appeals Court dealt another blow to the Montana beef checkoff and signaled...

Jerry Nelson: The lost honker

by Jerry Nelson Special to the Farm Forum The storm-tossed drifter washed up one wintry spring morning as I was finishing chores on our dairy farm. Snowstorms...

Guest column: Heartbreak and blessings from the auction barn

By Maggie Nutter Region VI, U.S. Cattlemen's Association Board Representative When the United States Cattlemen’s Association determined it should raise money to help pay the attorney...

The spring warm-up finally begins

By David Graper SDSU Extension Horticulture Specialist Do you like to watch the weather on TV? I think that most gardeners try to watch the weather...

Understanding how to weaken Clostridium perfringens’ effects on calves

By Russ Daly Special to the Farm Forum Using the “epidemiologic triad” to understand calf illnesses caused by Clostridium perfringens is helpful in keeping calves...

BeefTalk: Crested wheatgrass needs grazing management

By Kris Ringwall NDSU Extension Service Beef Specialist The spring is a bit cooler than normal, and grazing vigorous and productive cool-season grasses is still on...

Other Voices: Soybean tariff would inflict broad pain

The stakes are growing in America’s escalating trade war threats with China, and America’s soybean producers fear they may be caught in the middle. And...

6 steps to making a salad in a jar

By Julie Garden-Robinson NDSU Extension Service Food and Nutrition Specialist Every now and then I get a little envious of the creativity of my co-workers’ lunches. I...

Farm and Food File: Wisdom should come with age

By Alan Guebert Farm and Food File In May 1543, Nicolaus Copernicus, a Pole living in Prussia, published On the Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres, a...
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