Rural Ramblings

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Rural Dictionary: Crop Rotation

4/12/2019 - Crop rotation is the systematic planting of different crops in a particular order over several years in the same growing space. According to SDSU Extension, benefits of good crop rotation are numerous and include reduced soil erosion and improved soil water management, soil tilth, and fertility. A... 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

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