HURON — Only at a State Fair can one see threemonth-old pigs sprint around a series of red pens set up like a circular race track.
With competitor names such as Gov. Arnold Snorzenhauger, Miss Hamma Montana, Miss Lindsay Loham and Dale Oinkheart Jr., it’s hard not to be intrigued.
“Are you ready for some exciting pig racing action?” owner Kevin Vogel, of Sanborn, Minn., asked the crowd. “We brought with us highly trained and highly skilled professional athletes.”
HOWARD — Randy Leith wanted a way to take better care of smaller roads in his county. Dave Clarke wanted a way for farmers to cover more ground in less time.
Both Howard men have completed their self-assigned missions and are hoping the rest of the world is ready to take notice.
WHITE LAKE — Bayley Kroupa is no stranger to showing cattle in the Sale of Champions, a part of the North American International Livestock Exposition at which buyers can bid on animals raised by youth from across the country.
But even three previous years of experience didn’t prepare her for the rush that comes from watching a prized animal sell for $22,000.
TRIPP — Snow was clearly visible in parts of a wind-scoured field David Guthmiller and his father, Delmar, were combining Thursday afternoon northeast of Tripp.
“It’s been a good harvest,” said David Guthmiller, “but a long harvest.”
For some farmers in the region, that snow is likely to push back the completion of harvest until next year, with one Extension specialist from Sanborn County noting that producers are “racing the storms.”
PIERRE – A new slate of officers stepped into leadership positions with the South Dakota Beef Industry Council following elections at the organization’s annual meeting in Brookings. The SDBIC administers the $1 Beef Checkoff on cattle sold in South Dakota. Checkoff dollars are utilized strictly for promotion, education or research programs. Fifty cents of every dollar is directed to the Cattlemen’s Beef Board for programs on the national level. The SDBIC retains 50 cents, which is invested in additional national programs or in-state programs.
PLANKINTON — John Van Gorp spent Tuesday working in the shop on his farm with his two sons.
He would rather have been in the fields, harvesting his soybeans and corn, but another day of rain kept him inside.
ABERDEEN — More reports of coyotes are coming from northeast South Dakota this year, which is also among the worst years for crop damage by Canada geese in lake-studded Day County and other East River counties.
That’s according to the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks — and farmers.
AVON — Two meteorological towers have been erected near Avon to determine whether the area is suitable for building a wind farm.
B&H Wind of Avon constructed the towers, each of which cost the company $25,000, according to B&H Vice President Bruce Voigt, of Tyndall. The towers, which are almost 200 feet tall, will measure wind speed, direction, temperature and barometric pressure for the next two to three years.
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