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Sioux Falls using wasps to slow emerald ash borer

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Sioux Falls will soon unleash a new opponent in the fight against the destructive emerald ash borer.

The city will release wasps to combat the spread of the beetle that is expected to destroy more than 80,000 trees in Sioux Falls in the next decade. The emerald ash borer was discovered in the city last month.

The Argus Leader reports South Dakota agriculture entomologist John Ball says the wasps prey on borers by laying eggs inside the beetles which die when the eggs are hatched.

The wasps will be provided by the U.S. Forest Service. Ball says the parasitoid species of wasps pose no threat to humans.

— Associated Press

Dakotas winter wheat production to be up significantly

FARGO, N.D. — Winter wheat production in the Dakotas is expected to be up significantly this year from 2017.

The Agriculture Department’s latest forecast is for production to be up 90 percent in South Dakota to 39.4 million bushels, and up 138 percent in North Dakota to 3.1 million bushels.

Winter wheat isn’t as big of a crop in North Dakota, so larger fluctuations in production are common.

Both acres for harvest and average yield are expected to be up in each state. The crops currently are rated mostly in fair to good condition.

Nationally, winter wheat production is forecast to be down 6 percent over the year, to 1.2 billion bushels.

— Associated Press

Bowdle is home to new Agtegra innovation center

Agtegra has added a new innovation center to its lineup.

The new center is at the Bowdle Agronomy location in Edmunds County, and will serve producers in Agtegra’s western region

The Bowdle facility, 2450 U.S. Highway 12, joins two other Agtegra innovation centers in Bath and Wolsey.

The new innovation center will provide the same support and services as the other locations, from equipment upgrades and parts to on-farm service and support, according to a news release.

Services include: On-site consultation for equipment and product usage insight.

• Precision Management with whole farm technology integration.

• Sales, installation, service and support of precision ag products and operations.

• Data retrieval and analysis.

• Map printing.

• Product demonstrations.

• New product and services training.

Dustin Christofferson will lead the new location. For information on planter maintenance or other service or repairs call 605-285-6570.

— Staff reports

2,400-head hog operation proposed in Day County

Duerre Swine wants to build a 2,400-hog confinement operation in Day County.

It would be approximately 2 miles west of Lily, according to a permit application on the South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources’ website.

The application was submitted by Thad Duerre of Bristol.

Manure generated from the facility would be applied to fields in Day County.

The public notice for the application and an online commenting section are available at The deadline to submit comments is July 18.

— Staff reports

Authorities mum on northwest Minnesota farmstead search

HITTERDAL, Minn. — Authorities in Minnesota aren’t saying whether they have finished searching a farmstead in connection with a missing-person case.

The search of the Hitterdal-area farmstead northeast of Moorhead began on June 20 and involved a dive team, a drone, and people digging with shovels.

Clay County Chief Deputy Steve Landsem said earlier the missing person is believed to be connected to the Wahpeton, North Dakota, area. On June 22, Landsem declined to update the search, saying authorities expected to release more details later in the day.

Landsem wouldn’t comment on whether the arrests of two people in the county were related to the case. The two were jailed under the names John Doe and Jane Doe, and the jail roster listed “sudden death body found” in the charging section for Jane Doe.

— Associated Press

Anthrax confirmed in South Dakota cattle herd

PIERRE, S.D. — Officials say anthrax has been confirmed in South Dakota livestock for the first time year this year.

State Veterinarian Dustin Oedekoven has confirmed that eight cows died out of a herd of 87 unvaccinated cattle in Clark County.

The Animal Disease Research and Diagnostic Laboratory at South Dakota State University confirmed the disease from samples submitted over the weekend.

Anthrax can cause the rapid loss of a large number of animals in a short time. Infected livestock often are found dead with no illness detected.

The South Dakota Animal Industry Board says anthrax spores survive indefinitely in contaminated soil. The board says strict enforcement of quarantines and proper burning and burying of carcasses suspected to have died from anthrax is important to prevent further soil contamination from bacterial spores.

— Associated Press