The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) helps America’s farmers, ranchers, and forest landowners invest in, improve and expand their agricultural operations. FSA programs also assist producers in recovering from the impacts of natural disasters and market fluctuations. The Agency’s roots trace back to the Great Depression when the Farm Security Administration was established. Although the name and mission have changed over the years, FSA remains committed to America’s farmers and ranchers.
If you have ever used biologicals on your farm and fields—or even thought about testing them out on a strip trial—you’re probably not alone. Agricultural biologicals have emerged in the past 10 to 15 years as an increasingly popular aid to promote nutrient uptake during a crop’s early growth stages, activate its natural defenses against pest pressure and support yield objectives.
May is a busy month as fieldwork progresses and pesticide applications are a critical component for the management of most farm operations. Weeds, insects, and diseases are all best treated early in their development before there is significant damage or yield loss.
Assistance through the Market Facilitation Program is based on a single county payment rate multiplied by a farm’s total plantings of MFP-eligible crops in aggregate in 2019. Those per-acre payments are not dependent on which of those crops are planted in 2019. A producer’s total payment-eligible plantings cannot exceed total 2018 plantings. County payment rates range from $15 to $150 per acre, depending on the impact of unjustified trade retaliation in that county.
The past few weeks have been tough on producers across the Midwest, including many here in South Dakota. Below you will find a disaster resource put together by the South Dakota Department of Agriculture. The document includes resources, largely offered through the U.S. Department of Agriculture, that might be available to producers in the state of South Dakota that have been impacted by the blizzard and/or flooding.
It’s hard to resist the lure of big numbers on the yield monitor. High soybean yields are a good thing for South Dakota farmers, but soybean quality is taking on increasing importance. Soybean industry leaders are pressing the issue because quality ingredients are what soybean end users want.