Soybean farmers in District 8: Request a ballot from the South Dakota Soybean Research and Promotion Council (SDSRPC) office. Contact Becky Cypher at 605.330.9942 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Voting is open to qualified soybean farmers 18 and older from May 19 to June 17, 2020. Completed ballots must arrive by mail at the SDSRPC office no later than 5:00 p.m. on June 17, 2020. District 8 consists of Clark, Day, Marshall, and Roberts counties. SDSRPC is the soybean checkoff organization in South Dakota.
The supply of distillers grains is currently limited due to COVID-19. Michelle Rook sat down with Warren Rusche, SDSU Extension Beef Feedlot Management Associate, to discuss alternative protein options for producers.
In the wettest year on record for South Dakota, half the cropland in the state that was planted used a cropping system without tillage. That system, no-till farming, has been the predominant cropping system on South Dakota cropland in recent years, but this is the first year the practice was used to plant 50% of the state’s crops.
Although we all wish there was a snap-your-fingers fix for our saturated field conditions, everyone in agriculture will need to go into the year 2020 with eyes wide open to the realities of our wet weather cycle. Some strategic planning in the off-season can help prepare you for how to best approach the coming spring field conditions.
Checkoff dollars are constantly at work through research projects sponsored by the South Dakota Soybean Research & Promotion Council. These projects not only provide valuable information for producers, but also take steps to better the future of the industry. This year’s projects run from July 2019-June 2020 and highlight high yield protocols, weather, SCN management, and controlling weeds.