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"In the steam engine hobby, it has a huge legacy. It's like the Titanic of the tractors. I mean it was the biggest one ever produced and none of them survived."
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The midterm elections resulted in the Democrats regaining control in the House and Republicans picking up additional seats in the Senate. Washington Insiders say with the split government, agriculture and the rest of the country need to prepare for even more discourse. "I think it will continue to be very difficult to get things done," says Mary Kay Thatcher, Syngenta's senior lead of federal government relations, says. "We still aren't going to have 60 Republicans in the Senate to do much, so I think it will be limited."
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Thousands of cans and boxes of donated food line the shelves from the floor to the roof in the Feeding South Dakota warehouse in Sioux Falls. With this abundance and the productivity of the nation's farmers, it's hard to imagine anyone going hungry during the holiday, especially in a rural state like South Dakota. However, the statistics tell the story. Feeding South Dakota CEO Matt Gassen says the hunger problem is real in the state. "In South Dakota one in nine individuals is deemed to be food insecure," he says.
The cattle market has held up surprisingly well this year in the face of big supplies and folks in cattle country remain optimistic for fourth quarter. In fact, fed cattle prices have beaten analyst projections. "They thought we were going to go sub-one dollar like we did a year ago in October now, but we stayed in there $108 or $110 and that's a good thing and that keeps people current," Quinn, S.D., cattle producer Myron Williams says. Yearling prices also have been running above 2017.
Moisture conditions have improved in most of South Dakota a year after the widespread drought, but not all areas have healed. Myron Williams, who ranches near Quinn, says the recovery has been slow after two and a half years of extreme dryness in western South Dakota, but 2018 was at least a step in the right direction. "You know, there was 90-bushel corn, there was second cutting hay and excellent grass and compared to what it has been, yeah, it was a big improvement," he says.
South Dakota farmers are back in the fields combining after heavy rains and even snow severely delayed the harvest in the state this fall. Rain totals of 2 to 10-plus inches in late September and early October completely shut down soybean harvest. David Iverson farms near Toronto, S.D., and says it is one of the latest harvest seasons he can recall. "2009 was a late year but we did get some done earlier, but most of our harvest was in November that year," he says. "We've only done like 10-percent of our beans, so we're quite late."
BROOKINGS, S.D. — Groundbreaking ceremonies were held on the campus of South Dakota State University for the $46.1 million Raven Precision Agriculture Center. The site will be home to a state-of-the-art facility that will make South Dakota a national and global leader within the precision agriculture industry. Stakeholders from across the state supported the facility and attended the groundbreaking event in Brookings.
MADISON, Wis. — The big talk among dairy producers attending this year's World Dairy Expo included the continued low milk prices and trade, with the new North American trade deal.
BROOKINGS, S.D. — The Midwest and Interstate 29 corridor provide some of the best marketing opportunities in the United States for finished lambs, feeder lambs and cull ewes. That was the theme of the South Dakota Sheep Growers Association annual convention in Brookings, September 28-29. South Dakota State University Extension Sheep Specialist Jeff Held says various speakers addressed the market options available for producers. "We have buying stations; public markets and we also have some contract opportunities that occur in this region," Held says.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Normally a cowboy hat on the golf course might get a double take. That is, unless you are in South Dakota. Cattle producers from across the state promoted the nutritional value of beef to athletes and seniors at the Sanford International Golf Tournament in Sioux Falls Sept. 18-23. The South Dakota Beef Industry Council sponsored a hospitality tent, appropriately named The Ranch, at the event of the PGA Tour Champions, formerly known as the Senior PGA Tour and the Champions Tour.