The devastating impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19) has tested the will of millions of agricultural businesses and farms throughout rural communities all over our nation, but help is on the way. Congress recently passed an extension of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) which includes over $310 billion in new funding to help small businesses and agricultural related industries support their payroll costs.
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.