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Jeremy Tilton hauls a bale of hay
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Governor Extends Over-width Hay Hauling Order

South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard has extended an executive order allowing trucks to haul over-width loads of baled hay to help drought-stricken farmers and ranchers.

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South Dakota Regulators to Discuss Grain Law Changes

Farmers in the Dakotas who lost millions of dollars to a failed seed company will get their chance Saturday to speak on proposed changes to South Dakota law designed to help regulators better detect a grain buyer's deteriorating financial condition.

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Some ranchers in the western United States reportedly are stealing grass and hay to feed their cattle, as the drought has depleted their own pastures.

South Dakota Cattle on Feed Down 20,000 from a Year Ago

South Dakota feedlots with capacities of 1,000 or more head had 220,000 cattle on feed for the slaughter market as of Nov. 1.

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Farmers Conclude Grain Harvest
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South Dakota Holds Symposium for Beginning Farmers, Ranchers

The state Agriculture Department and South Dakota State University are holding a symposium on challenges faced by beginning farmers and ranchers.

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Soybean Crops
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South Dakota Corn, Soybean Estimates Unchanged Over Month

South Dakota's corn and soybean production forecasts are unchanged over the month, and both crops are still expected to be down sharply from a year ago.

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It's Dry All Over
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Drought Unchanged in South Dakota; Conditions Improve in North Dakota

Drought conditions have not changed in South Dakota over the week, with all of the state in some form of drought and more than half in the two worst categories.

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Jeremy Tilton hauls a bale of hay
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Governor Dennis Daugaard Extends Over-width Hay Hauling Order

South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard has issued an executive order allowing trucks to haul over-width loads of baled hay for another 60 days to help drought-stricken farmers and ranchers.

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Severe Drought Threatens Midwest Corn Crops
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Crop Insurance Losses Begin to Mount Amid Drought

Thousands of U.S. farmers are filing crop insurance claims this year as drought and triple-digit temperatures burn up crops in the Corn Belt.

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Drought Forces Midwest Ranchers To Sell Off Livestock
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Iowa Residents Sentenced for South Dakota Farm Loan Fraud

Two Iowa residents have been ordered to serve probation and pay back more than $300,000 for submitting false applications for farm loan payments made eligible to wool producers.

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Iowa Study Aimed at Making Tractors Safer for Kids

Researchers who hope to keep children from dying in tractor accidents are using a state-of-the-art driving simulator to help determine when kids can safely operate farm equipment.

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