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Grain Storage: What Are My Options?

December 07, 2018

For many South Dakota crop producers, grain storage is top priority this harvest. "Over the past year, low commodity prices have caused some farmers to hold over more grain than in previous years," said Sara Bauder, SDSU Extension Agronomy Field Specialist.

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Farming Strategies for the Future

There was a time in agriculture when greater yields always meant greater profitability. Today’s economic environment is characterized by high input costs and depressed commodity prices. Under this scenario when the optimum input/output relationship has been attained, more inputs do not necessarily result in greater returns on investment. Therefore, todays’ agriculture paradigm requires management that addresses production “optimization”. This is the point where a previously known level of inputs maximizes outputs before incurring into greater investments that result into diminishing returns.

Winter wheat emerging from a planted field.

Double-Crop after Wheat?

Two crops in one year may sound tempting, and for some crop species is possible, but before doing so, producers should consider possible crops and compare the potential benefits with the drawbacks.

Wildlife and the Bottom Line

As the fall harvest wraps up and this year’s calf crop is weaned, many producers may be nervous about what their paychecks will look like for 2016. In tough market conditions, it can be tempting to try to squeeze just a bit more production out of the land.

Bob Thaler

South Dakota State University to Host Second Annual Swine Day on November 6

December 17, 2018

The South Dakota State University Second Annual Swine Day will be held on Nov. 6 at McCrory Gardens in Brookings, S.D

Swine

Producer on a ladder working on a green combine

Grain Storage Equipment Preparation

December 18, 2018

Making sure that products store well begins before harvest, said Ruth Beck, SDSU Extension Agronomy Field Specialist.

Crop Management, Corn, Soybean, Markets/Prices

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Small Business Beginnings

Small business is a vital part of South Dakota’s economy, representing nearly 97% of all employers and more than 60% of the state’s private sector workforce. SDSU Extension has developed a series of tools designed to provide technical assistance to early stage entrepreneurs, start-up businesses and existing small firms. These tools assist business owners in determining the feasibility of a proposed business venture and creating a solid business plan to support it.

Small business owner, Kelly Bail

Business Owner Says 4-H Developed Confidence in Abilities

December 18, 2018

When Kelly (Wilkerson) Bail sold Waves of the West, her rodeo sponsor flags business, in 2016, it was with a grateful heart.

Leslie - a singer, songwriter and owner of Rockin' Red Music.

Singer, Songwriter & Owner of Rockin' Red Music Credits 4-H

December 18, 2018

Playing piano, singing and all the while encouraging an audience full of children to dance along with her is no small feat, but it's Leslie (Fischer) Dolby's chosen career and she loves it.

David Anderson standing in front of the Mt. Vernon sign.

A Place to Call Our Own: With Help from SDSU Extension's Marketing Hometown America Mt. Vernon Fills Housing Void

December 18, 2018

When David and Dawnette Anderson were looking for a small town close to Mitchell to call home, they eagerly chose Mt. Vernon because of its school.

Developing Communities, Strategic Planning