Ag News (March 16)

A reminder to get signed up today and tomorrow for Farm 40 on Us, as next week is the final week to sign up. Throughout this week, sign up at Nobles County Implement in Worthington, Graham Tire in Worthington, Rolling Hills Bank in Worthington and Brewster, and Jackson Sports in Jackson. Details at and click on PROMOS at the top, then FARM 40 on US. 

Don’t forget, coming up Tuesday, March 21st, it’s the Annual Meeting for the Nobles County Corn & Soybean Growers, at the American Reformed Church in Worthington. Registration will begin at 5 p.m., Ribeye Steak Dinner will be served at 6 p.m. and Speaker: Chip Flory of Pro Farmer will begin at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are for sale at First State Bank Southwest for $15/person in advance or you can purchase a ticket at the door for $20/person. Then Monday, the last three derailed tanker cars were pulled from Jack Creek south of Graettinger. 

About 1,500 gallons of ethanol were released with the second tanker removed, and another 100 gallons as the third and final car was removed. The three tankers remained after 20 cars were derailed in Palo Alto County south of Graettinger about 1 a.m. Friday. Ethanol in the tankers caught fire Friday and burned until Sunday. The DNR will continue to monitor cleanup efforts and will consider appropriate enforcement action. The concern is because as ethanol decomposes in the water, it can cause oxygen levels to dip, and cause fish kills. 

Congratulations to Patty Hacker, a professor in the Department of Health and Nutritional Sciences at South Dakota State University, who will receive the Society of Health and Physical Educators American Honor Award at the SHAPE America National Convention and Expo in Boston today. She received a SHAPE South Dakota Honor award in 2016, another SHAPE South Dakota Award in 1998, and the SDSU Teaching Excellence Award in 96. 

Then a study has come out, saying honey bees appear to favor flowers in agricultural areas over those in neighboring urban areas. While farm fields themselves aren’t attractive to the bees, the countryside features wide swaths of unmowed wild plants and weeds along the hillsides. Goldenrod, in particular, was popular, and as it turns out, even certain trees such as Linden trees, can help provide for honey bees as well. We talked about how Cheerios, General Mills have kicked off the campaign #BringBacktheBees to bring back Buzz the Bee, and honey bees in general, back to the US. Do your part by getting a pack of wildflower seeds (for free) at, and then plant them to help create food for bees. 

We keep talking about the wildfires that devastated Kansas, Texas, Colorado and Oklahoma, and the losses that came as a part of the disaster. Now, we focus on community and how much people are pulling together to give help to those who need it. A number of livestock auctions have gathered, with 100% of the proceeds going toward emergency supplies such as fencing, feed, and food. In addition, Cargill, based in Wichita, Kansas, is donating $50,000 in new fencing materials to ranchers against the estimated 100,000 miles of ranch fencing that was destroyed. Additionally, Cargill's team in Dodge City is providing support to two beef processing plant employees who lost their homes and all of their belongings to nearby wildfires. The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is also lending a hand, urging landowners affected by the fires to contact the NRCS office at their local USDA Service Center. NRCS can provide land management advice, and in some cases, financial assistance, to install measures that reduce post-fire damage and aid in the rehabilitation process.

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