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When Nathan Sparks see a fourth-grader come face to face with a cow for the first time, he smiles. For the past 15 years, Sparks has overseen the Ag in the Classroom in Mitchell. The event is hosted each March and brings in fourth-grade students from Mitchell, Mount Vernon and Ethan to learn about agriculture.
The amount of dicamba-tolerant soybeans in South Dakota is on the rise — and so are the trainings for the “touchy” herbicide. According to Tom Gere, assistant director of the Division of Agriculture Services for the South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA), the amount of soybeans tolerant for the dicamba products was roughly 25 percent of South Dakota’s more than 5 million acres of soybeans in 2017. And for 2018, Gere said officials are estimating the number to rise to 50 percent.
BRULE-LYMAN COUNTIES, S.D. — Laura Alexander knows she's young, but she won't let that stop her from taking on a role she's prepared for her whole life. The 23-year-old was recently named the 4-H program youth adviser for Brule and Lyman counties in South Dakota. And she's not concerned her age will impact her job, she said, but instead put her ahead of the game.
TRIPP, S.D. — Soybeans are always on Marc Reiner's mind. And now even more so as the Tripp farmer was appointed by U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to serve as one of 19 farmer-leaders from across the country on the United Soybean Board (USB). As a member of the USB, Reiner will be tasked with research, marketing and promotion efforts to maximize opportunities for soybean farmers in the United States.
4-H has always been a part of Amber Erickson's life. And it continues to this day as she takes on a new role as the 4-H youth development field operations coordinator for South Dakota 4-H. The Minnesota native recently spent the last three years as the South Dakota State University Extension 4-H Youth program adviser for Davison and Hanson counties 4-H, and while she's sad to leave the area she's grown fond of, she looks forward to making a statewide impact.
The weather in 2017 has been nothing but problematic for South Dakota's farmers. Growing season kicked off brutally dry, leaving farmers looking to the sky for any sign of rainfall. Drought-ridden South Dakota did little for the state's crops, especially corn. And when make-or-break time hit in July for corn, the rain still didn't come. By August, rains poured on the state, continuing into September. And now, these same rains that were desperately needed by farmers may have a negative impact.
MITCHELL, S.D. — Area children will soon be more exposed to agriculture in South Dakota. The Davison-Hanson County Farm Bureau awarded officials with $6,000 Tuesday morning at The World's Only Corn Palace, providing three 18.4-inch touchscreen tablets with agriculture-related games.
MITCHELL, S.D. — Despite the rain and a “down economy,” Dakotafest still attracted thousands for the three-day agriculture expo. While official attendance numbers won’t be available until next week, Samantha Castro, the marketing manager for IDEAg Group that hosts the event, said this year was consistent with previous years, with slightly lower attendance on day two.
MITCHELL, S.D. — Prince William is everyone's favorite horse at Reclamation Ranch. The social animal will walk right up to visitors, allowing anyone to pet or feed him. He's one of several horses over 20 years old on the ranch, which sits just a few miles south of Mitchell.
CORSICA, S.D. — Willy Groeneweg and Steve Roduner want people to know that South Dakota cares. On Monday, Groeneweg, owner of Dakota Hay Auction in Corsica, auctioned off donated hay to support Kansas and Oklahoma farmers, whose land was destroyed by wildfires earlier this year. More than 1,000 square miles along the Kansas-Oklahoma border was burned in early March, the largest wildfire in the state's history, according to The Associated Press.