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HURON, S.D.—Deer hunters shared their concerns Saturday surrounding a new deer hunting license proposal from the South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks during a Q&A at the State Fair in Huron. While the new proposal is designed to help increase the number of hunters drawing their preferred firearms deer license, longtime hunter Roger Johnson is opposed to the alternative lottery system, particularly the rule of having to choose one preferred 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.