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South Dakota soil moisture, wheat rating down slightly

Soil moisture and winter wheat ratings fell a little bit in South Dakota over the past month. The USDA says more than half of the state has adequate soil moisture levels, down from the end of February, but still much better than this time... Read More.

South Dakota has a new law on foreign ag land ownership

South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem has signed a bill into law that blocks six foreign governments from owning South Dakota farmland, including China. “For 30 years I’ve been working on ag policy. I’ve watched over those 30 years China come into our country…I’ve watched... Read More.

South Dakota winter wheat rating rises

The USDA’s winter wheat rating for South Dakota was up from January to February. 58% of that crop is in good to excellent condition, 5% more than a month ago and 35% above a year ago. That’s largely to improved soil moisture levels thanks to... Read More.

South Dakota soil moisture improves

A wet January helped soil moisture levels in South Dakota. The USDA says 75% of topsoil and 65% of subsoil now have adequate to surplus soil moisture levels, and while drought remains in parts of the state, that’s still significantly better than at the... Read More.

South Dakota producer says snow is needed

A South Dakota cow-calf producer says she hopes the winter storm moving across the region rebuilds water supplies. Marcia Bunger tells Brownfield, “We do need that snow.”  “We have stock ponds that need to be regenerated because, while we didn’t have to haul water... Read More.

South Dakota winter wheat, soil moisture improve

What a difference a year makes. The USDA says soil moisture levels in South Dakota are well above a year ago thanks to a recent shift in weather, which is aiding the winter wheat crop. 54% of winter wheat in South Dakota is rated good... Read More.