Rural Ramblings

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Being a South Dakota Dairy Ambassador

2/11/2019 - By: Angel Kasper  Although I didn’t grow up on a dairy farm my love for it started at a young age. As a little girl, one of my favorite things to do was tag along with my dad and grandpa when they went to visit my uncles dairy farm. I loved talking to cows, feeding the calves, and playing in the... Read More

January Agvocates

2/7/2019 - We would like to thank Kevin Scott for participating in the Harrisburg Family Stem Festival at Horizon Elementary. At this event, Kevin taught students about the use of technology in agriculture. We would also like to thank Richard and Joyce Vasgaard for helping us with our Rapid City school visits... Read More

Rural Dictionary: Cover Crops

2/6/2019 - Farmers have many ways of improving soil fertility, sustainability, and preventing soil erosion. One way farmers do this is by planting cover crops, which are typically planted after a crop like corn or soybeans is harvested.  According to SDSU Extension, cover crops are generally defined as crop... Read More

Working Together to Ensure Safe, Reliable Water Supply

2/6/2019 - A plentiful supply of quality water is something we depend on, and often take for granted.  It takes a complicated network of engineering, equipment and processes to ensure a safe, reliable supply of water for small towns, big cities and agriculture needs in South Dakota.   In South Dakota, seve... Read More

The Effects of Winter on Farm and Ranch Families

1/29/2019 - By: Angel Kasper Negative 50 degrees, oh my! Many people cringe at the thought of temperatures plummeting to negative 50 below zero in the next few days. For many farmers and ranchers, they do more than just cringe; their heart may sink at the thought of what is yet to come. I remember the excit... Read More

Growing up in Agriculture

1/25/2019 - By: Angel Kasper  My name is Angel Kasper and I am excited to be the new Outreach Director here at Ag United for South Dakota. I originally hail from the land of 10,000 lakes, Minnesota. I grew up on a small beef and crop operation in Owatonna. I am the youngest of four girls, and while this some... Read More

Welcome Outreach Director Angel Kasper

1/11/2019 - We are excited to welcome Angel, who joined Ag United as Outreach Director this month.  Angel is a graduate of South Dakota State University with degrees in Agricultural Leadership and Speech Communications.  Angel brings a strong background in agriculture, having grown up working on her famil... Read More

Featured Farmer: 2018 Agvocate of the Year

1/11/2019 - Each year, more than 600 students from 16 elementary and middle schools in southeastern South Dakota have the opportunity to check out farm equipment, see corn and soybean plants and learn about how these crops are used in our everyday lives.  The Field to Table event hosted by Valley Ag Supply ... Read More

Rural Dictionary: Crop Yields and Bushels per Acre

1/11/2019 - During the winter, South Dakota crop farmers are busy reviewing how their crops performed the previous year and making plans for the next growing season.  After harvest, farmers calculate how much corn, soybean, wheat or other crops were produced on their field.   Crop yield is the term for t... Read More

Reflecting on a busy year at Lazy J Dairy

12/3/2018 - As the calendar year comes to a close, it is a good time for reflection and planning ahead.  For the Jungemann family of Lazy J Dairy near Wolsey, South Dakota, 2018 was a year to remember.     In late December 2017, they finished construction and began using a new milking parlor and expanded... Read More