Stephen Lee / Pierre Capital Journal
ONIDA, S.D. — About four years after dirt first was moved on the site just south of Onida, Ringneck Energy’s ethanol plant finally is in full production, turning 80,000 bushels of corn every day into 225,000 gallons of ethanol. The winter blizzards and spring rains helped delay the completion of construction of the plant, just the latest issues that have kept things from going as swiftly as the company had hoped.
PIERRE, S.D. - In the week ended Sunday, April 29, South Dakota’s farmers had 1.6 days “suitable for field work,” the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service office in Sioux Falls reported on Monday. That was after only 0.8 days suitable for such work in the previous week, for a total of 2.4 days over two weeks. That means perhaps a million or more acres.
PIERRE, S.D. — Civic leaders in Pierre say SkyWest Airlines is their choice for a new federal contract to provide passenger service to Pierre. An ad hoc committee of seven met Monday and agreed unanimously to recommend SkyWest to the full city commission, which plans to vote on it at its weekly meeting Tuesday, said city spokeswoman Brooke Bohnenkamp, who was on the ad hoc panel. The commission's vote will go to the U.S. Department of Transportation which has a Feb. 8 deadline to receive such recommendations from Pierre and Watertown.
PIERRE, S.D.—Even as farmers in central South Dakota are replanting fields wrecked by hail storms 10 days ago, harvest has started, too, as the first bushels of winter wheat have come off. Last week, Tom Young of Onida was out planting sunflowers on ground where just a couple months earlier he had planted field peas. The storm consisting of high winds, heavy rains and lots of hail cut the field peas down. It was part of a 50-miles-long path about two miles wide in the Pierre area. Others, too, were replanting hail-blasted fields in a late-season gamble.