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More rain ahead for much of the Heartland

Looking ahead, the 6- to 10-day outlook calls for the likelihood of near- or above-normal temperatures and rainfall across most of the country.  Exceptions will include cooler-than-normal conditions in the Pacific Coast States and the Desert Southwest and drier-than-normal weather in the Great Basin... Read More.

Locally grown likely costing more this season

An extension educator worries how higher costs will impact growing demand for local foods spurred during the pandemic. “Locally grown produce is not always the lowest cost option and it’s very, very challenging for market for growers.” Community Food Systems Educator Mariel Borgman with... Read More.

More planting remains in South Dakota

Better weather has helped South Dakota farmers play catch up on planting. The USDA says 86 percent of the state’s corn is planted, behind 97 percent last year, but ahead of the five-year-average of 82 percent. Corn emerged was 44 percent, well behind 78... Read More.

Pandemic, inflation squeeze dairy workforce even more

The pandemic and rising inflation have further squeezed a tightening dairy workforce. Compeer Financial dairy lending specialist Greg Steele says labor challenges are “nothing new” for the dairy industry. “They’ve had to really manage their workforce strategically for the last several years to be honest, but... Read More.