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SALEM — The wet harvest agriculture producers are experiencing this year didn't stop area farmers from enjoying burgers and hot dogs at the harvest cookout Monday in Salem. In its second year of hosting the cookout, First Dakota National Bank joined the McCook Central FFA chapter to celebrate the hard-working area farmers who are in the midst of harvest season.
MOUNT VERNON, S.D.—When Dave Deinert gazes at his corn crops in early July, he is pleased to see his crops surpass the age-old saying "knee-high by the Fourth of July." Instead, his corn is taller than he is, with most of July and all of August still ahead. Deinert has been farming 2,200 acres of corn for roughly 45 years on his farm near Mount Vernon with the help of his son Jared. The two farm roughly 4,000 acres of land, including 1,800 acres of soybeans.
MITCHELL, S.D.—Despite in 2017 battling one of the toughest years for winter wheat production, South Dakota farmers are expecting to see a big spike in production this season. Projected totals for the crop have spiked to roughly 39.4 million bushels, up 90 percent from last year's crop, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics Service. Ideal weather conditions paired with adequate moisture have winter wheat farmers expecting to see the average yield forecast at 54 bushels per acre, which is up 14 bushels from last year.
ALEXANDRIA—Despite concern from community members and nearby landowners, the Hanson County Planning Commission voted unanimously Wednesday to approve a 2,400-animal swine nursery to be located about 4 miles west of Emery. The swine operation will be built by Triple K Land LLC and was approved during a three-hour public hearing at the Hanson County Courthouse in Alexandria. Wednesday's approval gives Triple K Land the go-ahead to build the project.