Wayne Springer is tired of paying $300 for a bag of traited corn seed. Unafraid to change horses in midstream, the 60-year-old producer is transitioning from a row crop farm to a ranching operation.
Although spotty, there are signs of stabilization underway in portions of the Corn Belt farmland market.
Winter-feeding beef cattle on hay and pasture fields can minimize labor of hauling manure while still distributing fertilizing nutrients.
USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) estimated that U.S. hay production would be close to 132 million tons in 2017, down 3 million tons from last year.
Climate change is expected to reduce the growth and stature of big bluestem, a dominant prairie grass, by up to 60% over the next 75 years.
Rain, storms slow harvest across eastern South Dakota
while vegetables, fruits and livestock account for the lion’s share of organic production, organic field crops have gained in acreage and value, according to a new USDA report.