Deadlines change for Farm Forum information and ads

Farm Forum

We know our readers like to get the Farm Forum on Fridays. Some of our readers don’t get their Green Sheet in their mail boxes until Saturday. Our publisher and circulation people have been talking with the folks at the post office about the changes in post office delivery centralization. They have told us that if we print a day earlier and get Farm Forum to them on Thursday mornings, they can get the Farm Forum into more hands on Fridays.

For those of us who work with stories, columns and the editorial portion of the Farm Forum, that means we are asking for information earlier in the week, starting with the Feb. 15 edition. If you’d like to see a story or a photo in the Farm Forum, we need to have it to us by Mondays by 5 p.m. Since Farm Forum has grown so much, the paper is printed in three sections. The first section will be put together on Mondays, followed by our final layout deadline of noon on Wednesdays. With the number of stories and columns we process for our readers, it really is best if you know about an event to get stories and calendar items to us by Friday. We make every effort to get in the latest news on the pages but anything that comes in after Tuesday will have to wait until the next week.

This impacts every aspect of the Farm Forum. Classified line ads must be submitted at 10 a.m. on Tuesday. Retail color ads are due by 4 p.m. Mondays and black and white ads are due by 9 a.m. on Tuesdays.

These changes were made in order to to make sure the Farm Forum gets out to mailed subscribers on Fridays. Call 605-225-4100. We thank you for working with us to make this huge change happen.

Updating our look

With the new year, we’re updating your old friend. We’re well into our 47th year of Farm Forum and our graphics people suggested a few changes, including a more defined windmill for our front page. The graphic also appears in a number of other places within the pages of our publication.

In this social media age, we’re asking those who use Facebook to go to our Farm Forum Facebook page and post your comments. There will also be a contest to help us find the use of the old windmill on ads or headers within our publication. Starting with the Feb. 8 edition, post on Facebook which page the windmill is on and the general location on the page. For those who are not yet friends, do a search for Farm Forum Green Sheet and “like” us.

As we have used all of the columns that Delmer Dooley wrote about Antique Tractors, we are going to use that column space to feature innovations or new products. If you have something you’d like to submit, email us at farmforum

We’re also glad to report that the Stubble Mulch column written by Chuck Cecil has received positive comments. The IGrow Gardening column written by Dr. David Draper has also been well received. He has been getting some horticulture questions sent to him. If you haven’t seen his column, it is on Page 8G this week. You may email david.graper If you would like to submit a question for the column, include “Farm Forum” in the subject line, along with a short description of the question.

Thanks to all our our other columnists as well!