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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.

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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.

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Can Learning New Skills Prevent Dementia?

Much of what we know about the brain we have learned in the past few decades. Michael C. Patterson and Roger Anunsen of “MindRamp Consulting” have compiled much of the research on brain health and developed an easy to follow model on how we can prevent dementia and memory loss. This article is the first in a series that will describe the different pieces of brain health that Patterson and Anunsen call “cog wheels”.

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.

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Safety

Food safety education is essential from field to table for entrepreneurs, consumers and businesses.

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Safety First this Harvest

December 17, 2018

Fall is a very busy time on most grain farms in South Dakota. In the hustle and bustle of running the combine, hauling grain and storing or selling the crop, it is easy to forget the importance of safety.

Equipment Safety

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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

David A. Thompson

David A. Thompson Endowed Chair of the Department of Dairy and Food Science Announced

December 17, 2018

John Killefer, South Dakota Corn Utilization Council Endowed Dean of the South Dakota State University College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences, is pleased to announce the David A. Thompson Endowed Department Chair of Dairy and Food Science.

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Doctor's Orders! Get Outdoors & Get Active with the Park Prescription Project

December 17, 2018

Workdays are focused on helping his patients, young and old, feel better. But, when family practice doctor Chad Thury has some time for himself and his family, he likes to get outdoors and spend time in South Dakota's parks.