Rural Ramblings

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October Featured Partner – Bruce Vollan, Vollan Oil

10/4/2019 - In a typical year, corn and soybean harvest in South Dakota is in full gear throughout the month of October. However, there has been nothing typical about 2019 for many of our state’s farmers.  With wet weather that delayed or prevented planting, many crops are well behind schedule and farmer... Read More

Featured Farmer Kevin Hoffman

9/9/2019 - As summer winds down, many South Dakota gardeners are busy canning and freezing the bounty of their gardens.  Jars of pickles and other produce or freezers full of sweet corn and tomatoes provide a taste of summer even in the coldest South Dakota winters.   Livestock farmers take a similar appr... Read More

“All Hands On Deck” at Dakotafest Pork Loin Booth

8/6/2019 - Dakotafest has grown to be the largest farm show in South Dakota, drawing an average of nearly 29,000 attendees from 13 states over its three-day run each year.  The show, to be held August 20-22, 2019, in Mitchell, features product demonstrations, educational sessions and activities, but one of ... Read More

Partner Profile:  Dave Christensen, Valley Queen Cheese

6/3/2019 - Each June, National Dairy Month is a great opportunity to enjoy delicious dairy products and to recognize the people who make those products possible.  From farm to grocery store, it takes a team of dedicated professionals to produce, deliver and process the milk, cheese, yogurt, ice cream and man... Read More

Featured Farmer: Celebrating and Supporting Farm and Ranch Families

5/1/2019 - More than 500 people gathered recently in Yankton to celebrate and support the role of farm and ranch families in providing a safe food supply and strong communities.  Josh and Deanna Johnson and other organizers of the Farm Families: Speak Up event planned an evening to share their stories with... Read More

Making Decisions Ahead of Busy Planting Season

4/9/2019 - With warmer temperatures, sunshine and drying fields, South Dakota’s farmers are preparing for spring planting.  It is also a busy time for ag industry professionals who provide inputs and services to farmers.  Mark Salvador, Strategic Accounts Manager for Pioneer based in Sioux Falls, and his... Read More

Busy calving and lambing seasons pay off with healthy animals

3/8/2019 - Newborn calves and lambs are an iconic sign of spring, but it takes planning, care and work all year long to ensure those young animals are healthy and ready to enjoy the green pastures of spring and summer.   D.J. Buseman and his family raise cattle, sheep and crops on their farm near Canistota, ... 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

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

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