Drought Could Make Sunflowers More Popular

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) – Lingering drought might prompt more farmers in the Dakotas to plant sunflowers this year. The crop’s extensive root system enables it to tolerate dry conditions better than many other crops. Longtime North Dakota sunflower grower Tim DeKrey, of Steele, tells Agweek that if dry conditions continue that will make...
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Winter Wheat Seedings Down in the Dakotas

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Winter wheat seedings in the Dakotas are down this year. The Agriculture Department says farmers in South Dakota last fall planted 1.2 million acres, down about 9 percent from the previous year. North Dakota farmers planted 400,000 acres, down from the 2012 crop of 750,000 acres. Most farmers in...
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Soybeans Finally Winning Ground in South Dakota

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Farmers in South Dakota in 2012 planted 4.75 million acres of soybeans, of which they harvested 4.65 million. It’s another big year for the soybeans, which have enjoyed slow-but-steady growth in the state since being 1939, when the crop first shows up in statewide crop data. That year, farmers planted...
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SD Awards $325K in Tobacco Prevention Grants

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Tobacco Control Program has awarded $325,000 in grant funding to 13 community-school partnerships. Each partnership was granted $25,000 to improve tobacco prevention and control efforts in their communities. The partnerships carry out a variety of tobacco prevention activities throughout the year. Colleen Winter is director of health...
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