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Jul 31, 2017 | Crop Insurance

Crop Progress: Northern Plains Drought Spreading into Corn Belt

Important crop insurance reminder: Call your agent before chopping corn.

Jul 11, 2017 | Crop Insurance

USDA’s Crop Progress Report Provided Fodder for Crop Bulls

USDA’s reported soil moisture readings for South Dakota, Nebraska and Wyoming are concerning, with the weather outlook through much of July providing more cause for concern.

Feb 2, 2017 | The Business of Agriculture

State-by-State Farmland Trends

The latest farmland values in Iowa, eastern Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wyoming.

Jan 20, 2016 | The Business of Agriculture

Changes in Cropland Values -- Mixed

The significant decline in farmland prices anticipated by some forecasters since the peak in commodity prices in 2013 has not fully developed, though the impact of lower profit margins is reflected in adjustments to the market for both cropland values and cash rental rates.

Apr 27, 2015 | From the Farm

Reports From the Ground: 2015 Planting Season

While farmers have been planting in fits and starts in pockets of FCSAmerica’s territory, the growing season is expected to start in earnest this week. Across the region, farmers are looking at several days of warm, dry weather.

Jul 17, 2014 | The Business of Agriculture

Farmland Prices Remain Strong

Despite reports earlier this year of a possible drop in demand for farmland, prices remain strong, nearing or hitting all-time highs in several areas of our four-state territory during the first six months of 2014.

Apr 15, 2014 | Rural Communities

Government Aid Only Goes so Far for South Dakota Rancher; Kindness is Key to Recovery

Rancher Shawn Freeland doesn’t look to the USDA’s livestock disaster assistance program to restore his herd following last October’s blizzard. Only time – and extraordinary acts of kindness – will help him weather his cattle losses.

Apr 10, 2014 | From the Farm

Reports From the Field: Growing Season Holds Promise Despite Slow Starts

Some of the producers in our four-state area could begin planting as early as next week. Others are waiting for frost to work its way out of the ground. Whatever the soil and weather conditions in their particular area, producers are itching to start on the 2014 planting season.

Mar 11, 2014 | The Business of Agriculture

The Way of the Future: Fossil-fuel Free Farms

The Dakota Lakes Research Farm in Pierre, South Dakota, has cuts its use of fossil fuel by half. Now it has its sights on a fossil-fuel free operation by 2026.

Dec 2, 2013 | The Business of Agriculture

Rancher Relief Fund Grows, Now Accepts Applications

The South Dakota Rancher Relief Fund has raised nearly $1.8 million and is now accepting applications from producers who lost animals to Storm Atlas.

Nov 4, 2013 | The Business of Agriculture

Livestock Recovery Takes More than Dollars and Cents

As our financial officers meet with customers affected by livestock losses in South Dakota and Nebraska, I’m reminded that recovery isn’t as easy as simply buying more cows.

Oct 19, 2013 |

Mobilizing Support for South Dakota Producers

The early October blizzard that hit the state killed untold numbers of calves and cows. Now is the time to reach out and help South Dakota’s livestock producers.

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