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Young Farmers and Ranchers Holding Conference

OACOMA, - Young Farmers and Ranchers is holding its winter conference in Oacoma.

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Corn, Soybeans Suffer in Drought Year; Winter Wheat Seedings Down

SIOUX FALLS - Production of corn and soybeans in South Dakota was down last year, during a year in which much of the state was mired in extreme drought.

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Foreign Dairies Eye South Dakota as Ideal Place to Relocate

PIERRE - Foreign dairies are immigrating to South Dakota because of the state's near-perfect dairying conditions.

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Soybeans Finally Winning Ground in South Dakota

PIERRE - Farmers in South Dakota in 2012 planted 4.75 million acres of soybeans, of which they harvested 4.65 million.

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Winter Wheat Farmers Concerned with Lack of Snow

Some South Dakota farmers are concerned about the lack of snow cover protection for winter wheat.

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USDA: South Dakota Hog, Pig Inventory Down

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says South Dakota's Dec. 1 inventory of all hogs and pigs was 1.2 million head, down 14 percent from a year ago and down 7 percent from Sept. 1.

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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.

Cattle Prices Jump More Than 30 Percent

The drought that plagued much of the region this summer has caused a cattle shortage, which in turn has prompted prices to rise between 30 to 40 percent higher than this time last year.

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Despite Drought, Corn Yields High for Some Farmers

Despite the severe drought, some South Dakota farmers who entered an annual contest had some of the highest corn yields in history this past year.

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Garretson Fertilizer Plant Sold

A fertilizer company based in South Dakota has been sold to Koch Fertilizer, a company that has plants in the United States, Canada, and Trinidad and Tobago.

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South Dakota Officials Hold Forums on Livestock Production

The South Dakota Department of Agriculture will hold two dozen meetings across the state in the next three months to discuss the future of livestock production in the state.

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