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Area rancher overcomes ‘toughest calving season’ to see miracle ending By Sam Fosness Mitchell Republic PARKSTON — In Jared Tiede’s seven years of ranching in southeast South Dakota, calving seasons have been a smooth ride. However, this year has been anything but smooth. From the moment the calving season started in early February, the 22-yearold Parkston rancher was faced with challenges unlike anything he’s ever experienced. For the first time in his cattle farming life, Tiede said the hardships made him question his ranching dreams. “When I looked out and saw the calf laying down, I thought, ‘Great,

the calving season has started.’ But when I saw its head wasn’t moving, I knew something was wrong,” Tiede said. “I’ve never lost a calf before, so it was really hard to start the calving year off that way.” After losing his first calf, Tiede began to search for answers as to what could have caused the calf to die almost instantaneously out of the womb. Considering he’s had no issues with his heifers breeding healthy calves over the past decade, Tiede said it made it that much harder to try and pinpoint what could have gone wrong leading up to the birth of the calf. He turned his focus

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to the heifer that gave birth to the deceased calf and made sure the cow was healthy to continue breeding. “The vets thought it must have been some kind of neurological issue. I wondered if it was the hay I was feeding my cows, but I couldn’t put a finger on it since she wasn’t in bad shape at all,” Tiede said of his heifer. Following a trip to the veterinarian that resulted in mixed speculation of the cause of death, Tiede was left wondering as he tried to cope with the loss of his first calf. He decided to sell his cow that gave birth to the calf that died and trekked to Nebras-

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Jared Tiede, of rural Parkston, chases down his last calf to tag on Friday, April 2 at his cattle pen south of town. ka. Despite his vehicle breaking down on the way to deliver the cow to a Nebraska rancher, Tiede was ready to make it back to his ranch and put the rough start of

the calving season would have to experibehind him. ence yet another loss. But the hits kept com- Only this time, it was a ing. Still mourning the set of twin calves, and death of his calf, Tiede more bad news.

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Continued from page 4 “When I saw the first one was likely dead, I thought ‘We can’t be doing this again, what is going wrong?’ That was my first set of twins, and less than a week after losing my first calf, I had to do it all over again,” he said. “I stuck a blade of grass in the other calf’s nose, and it didn’t flinch at all. That’s when I knew that it was also dead.” Breeding a heifer that gives birth to a set of twins is rare itself, Tiede said. The birth of twin calves usually calls for celebration, but for Tiede, it turned out to be another taxing hardship. While he was filled with excitement when the twin calves were born, it quickly turned to heartache after he came to the realization they were both dead. “I was so excited to see twins for the first time, but it ended up being one of the hardest moments I had to deal with,” Tiede said. “After the twins died, I was starting to rethink my whole life as a cattle farmer. I was like, ‘Why am I doing this?’” As a first generation rancher, Tiede wasn’t surrounded by family members who went through such hardships in a year, making the tough start that much more difficult.

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Table 1. Dry matter yields in first year (2020) of an alfalfa variety trial established at the Southeast Research Farm in Beresford, South Dakota. The season started with ample moisture, but was marked by dry weather and drought stress in late July and August.

Line DSX174083 DSX174082 DB Aqua Maxx HybriForce 4400 Viking Organic 5200 GA440XQ Falcata Red Falcon DB HeavyWeight check GA349XL HybriForce-4420 DB Rush Hour AFX163050 DSX174085 Viking 374 Bluebird C0415C3364 Viking 394 Salinity Max Husky Supreme DB 540 Salt Viking 342 mean CV (%) P-value LSD (0.10)

Cut 1 July 9 (ton/ac) 1.76 1.83 1.82 1.71 1.72 1.76 1.77 1.72 1.67 1.89 1.65 1.74 1.77 1.75 1.61 1.81 1.70 1.67 1.71 1.58 1.64 1.56 1.51

Cut 2 Aug 21 (ton/ac) 1.39 1.28 1.18 1.28 1.27 1.23 1.18 1.22 1.27 1.03 1.26 1.15 1.11 1.12 1.24 1.02 1.10 1.09 1.04 1.12 1.05 1.07 1.07

Season Total (ton/ac) 3.15 3.11 3.00 3.00 2.99 2.99 2.95 2.94 2.93 2.92 2.91 2.88 2.88 2.86 2.86 2.83 2.79 2.76 2.75 2.70 2.69 2.63 2.58

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drying process. These steps can be easier said than done, especially if the ground is too soft, but anything we can do now will reduce problems later. Removing any drainage impediments also would be a useful step. Sometimes soil or manure will build up along fences or drainage ways and unnecessarily block water flow. Moving that material now, if possible, will allow surface drainage water to move off the pen surface more quickly. In some cases, it may make sense to send cattle to market sooner, especially in backgrounding programs. Sending out the cattle has several benefits. One, if cattle are sold before lot conditions deteriorate producers can avoid the losses in performance and efficiency. In extreme cases, marketing sooner may be the best opportunity to get cattle shipped due to poor road conditions. Even a partial depopulation could be helpful. Researchers in Nebraska found that allowing increased room per head in an open yard reduced much of the negative impacts of mud on performance. Feed Supply Access Flooding can be a very real possibility when

soils are saturated or there is above normal winter precipitation. Strategic positioning of feed supplies in case water levels rise and makes roads impassable will help mitigate risk. That could be especially important for feedstuffs that need to be trucked in from a distance if there are any questionable areas along the travel route. Feed stored on one part of the farm might also become inaccessible. Moving some feed supplies closer while there is still some frost in the ground will be easier compared to doing so in the mud. In some cases, roughage supplies become short as the seasons transition from winter to spring. That can be especially true in winters when hay consumption is greater than normal or there is increased need for bedding. Limiting feeding grain can be a useful strategy to stretch forage supplies, but this isn’t a strategy that can be implemented immediately. There needs to be an adaptation period to adjust cattle to additional starch. If substituting grain for hay is a possibility plans allow at least 20 days for cattle to adapt to changes in the diet.


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Producers receive financial assistance to improve their land By Stan Wise South Dakota Soil Health Coalition PIERRE — For many producers, knowing that soil health is important just isn’t enough. The challenge for them is how to pay for it. “Conservation is not cheap,” Marshall County producer Dennis Fagerland said. Soil health is gaining recognition as a solution to many problems facing the rural landscape. Improved soil health can help improve producers’ incomes, reduce erosion, sequester carbon, improve water quality, increase drought resilience and reduce flooding. However, many producers don’t have the resources to change their operations and adopt conservation practices. Fortunately, they don’t have to pay for it all by themselves. Many government agencies have programs to help share the cost of improving the soil. “When your margins are so tight, it’s nice to have some assistance,” Fagerland said. “And

that’s what those programs are there for.” Valorie Dupraz, Natural Resources Conservation Service acting assistant state conservationist – programs, said that producers can get help with “adding additional crop types to rotations, cover crops, adding perennials, better management of nutrient rates and placement on their land. From a grassland management standpoint, rotational grazing, improving plant diversity and deferment would all be activities that fit our soil health practices and are eligible for assistance.” Putting assistance to work Fagerland runs a cowcalf operation with his wife, Jean, and they also grow corn, soybeans and small grains. The Fagerlands follow their small grains harvest with cover crops which they graze in October. In their pastures, they use rotational grazing, and they have reintroduced native grasses. “That really helps out later in

the summer when the cool season grasses stop growing,” Fagerland said. Using NRCS programs like the Conservation Stewardship Program and the Environmental Quality Incentives Program, the Fagerlands have renovated shelterbelts, laid pipelines, planted pollinator plots, and introduced cover crops to their operation. They also used a program through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to set up fencing for their rotational grazing program. These conservation efforts have paid off for the Fagerlands. When they started, their land had reduced soil organic matter percentages — some fields had less than 2 percent. Now, Fagerland said, they have increased that to 4.8 percent. “The more organic matter you have, the more moisture you retain when it rains,” Fagerland said. “We’ve had a few dry years, and we haven’t had to reduce our herd size at all. Continued on page 8

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Continued from page 7 It really pays off. All these little things make a big difference in the end.” Maddy Rabenhorst grows corn and soybeans with her husband, Bryce, near Salem. They are using no-till practices with their soybeans, strip-tilling their corn ground, and experimenting with cover crops. They have been in the Conservation Stewardship Program for the past few years. “Our first contract was primarily focused on implementing grass waterways,” Rabenhorst said. “They also helped with implementing variable rate fertilizer and helped with soil testing.” She said that she and her husband are applying for a new contract to help share the cost of their no-till practices

and using more cover crops on their farm. “CSP really helped our farm to be able to make more advancements quicker,” she said. “It’s been a really big help, and it’s really improved our land, too.” Available funding There are numerous programs to help producers. In addition to CSP and EQIP, Dupraz said that NRCS offers the Conservation Innovation Grant, Conservation Technical Assistance, the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program, and the Regional Conservation Partnership Program. There’s also a new program that producers might not be familiar with. “Conservation Implementation Strategy is a new targeted approach to addressing resource concerns within a certain geographical area,”

Dupraz said. “South Dakota NRCS funded 16 CIS projects in fiscal year 2021 and is accepting CIS applications until April 15, 2021, for consideration in fiscal year 2022.” Producers can even get financial assistance with soil health practices they are already using. “Producers are eligible for Existing Activity Payments through the CSP program that recognizes good conservation they are currently implementing on their operation,” Dupraz said. There are also funding opportunities available through non-profit organizations. For instance, the Soil Health Planning and Improvement Project, administered by the South Dakota Soil Health Coalition, is designed to help pay for soil health practices that will improve water

quality within certain specified watersheds in South Dakota. Producers within these watersheds can apply for assistance in planting cover crops, adding water sources for optimal grazing management, and more. “This year is a first for the Coalition having cost share dollars available,” SDSHC Coordinator Cindy Zenk said. “Cover crops and grassland management are two key practices we are excited to offer through our project.” Producers interested in learning more about the project can contact the South Dakota Soil Health Coalition and find out if their land lies in one of the project area watersheds. “SDSHC will work with producers in assessing the land, finding the best management options, and selecting the program

with the funds to assist in implementing the practices,” Zenk said. Getting started With so many different types of financial assistance available across different organizations and government agencies, it can be difficult for producers to know where to begin. Fortunately, local NRCS staff are available to help guide producers through the different programs. “Your go-to is your county NRCS person,” Rabenhorst said. “They’re going to have the most knowledge when it comes to the different programs out there.” Fagerland agreed. Speaking of his conservation program, he said, “NRCS is very helpful in helping design it and helping us implement it. It’s something we couldn’t have done on

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Visit the Ness Ranch most any spring or summer evening after chores and you are bound to find siblings Swayze, 16, Shayda, 14, and Synch, 12, in the middle of roping practice. “We rope a dummy every night and have contests to see who can rope better. Whoever loses has to do dishes,” explains 14-year-old Shayda. Whether it’s rodeo, 4-H, fixing fence or working cattle, the Ness family enjoys the time they spend together on their family’s ranch, explains mom, Sasha. “It’s a good place to raise kids because there’s always something to do. Probably more than they would like some days. Always chores to do, cattle to work or move and horses to ride. It keeps them busy and out of trouble.” A fourth-generation cattle producer, Sasha grew up on a ranch near Faith. She met LeRoy when they were both students at South Dakota State University.The two had a lot in common. Both grew up raising cattle. Both were active 4-H members and enjoyed rodeo. Before they met, LeRoy had already decided he was going to continue the ranching legacy his dad began.

Although he wanted to continue his dad’s legacy, LeRoy says it wasn’t obligation that brought him back to the ranch. He says raising cattle and caring for grassland feels like what he was always meant to do. “I enjoy everything about it — calving, processing, handling and working on corral systems,” he says. “And I’m very big into grass management.” In fact, while ranching, LeRoy also spent more than a decade working as a range management specialist for the South Dakota Grasslands Coalition. His interest in grassland management is also part of his dad’s legacy. “My dad was into rotational grazing and back in the ’80s, he was one of the first people in the county to buy a no-till drill.” Over time, LeRoy has converted cropland back to pastureland and intensified the rotation schedule. “We remove the cattle every This month’s South Dakota Farmers Union highlighted family is the Ness ranch family of Kimball 3-7 days,” he explains “I really enjoy seeing the grass(left to right) Synch, 12, LeRoy and Sasha, Swayze, 16, and Shayda, 14. land flourish as it returns were liquidated. So, in 1998, and planted several shelter to what nature intended it “When my dad bought this place in 1968, there was only belts. Tragically, when LeRoy LeRoy began rebuilding — to be with a lot of differa well and old hog house,” was only 19, his dad was buying cows and leasing the ent grasses.” His efforts are killed in a car accident. “I felt land from his mom, Linda. In paying off. Today, severLeRoy says. His dad set right to work I needed to take on the family 2000 LeRoy and Sasha mar- al native grass species have ried. investing in improving two legacy.” returned, and the healthier Following his dad’s death, quarters of land. He implemented rotational grazing the cattle and equipment Continued on page 11

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help with morning and evening feedings. They also breed their cows to calve in May. “We have nearly no calving difficulties and the weather lets us calve out on a quarter section of grass. And the cows need a lot less to make it through the winter so we save on feed costs.” LeRoy says. “We can go out and check calves in short sleeves and on horseback,” Sasha adds. This calving season things will be a bit different. Because after leading land from his mom for more than 20 years, the couple sold their cow herd to help finance purchasing the ranch in fall 2020. “If it were not for my mom leasing this land to us all these years, we could not have been able to do this,” LeRoy explains. “Taking over ownership is kinda scary, but it is the right time.” They are building their herd back by purchasing bred heifers. “MY vision for this place has always been to leave it better for the next generation,” LeRoy says. And right now, the next generation appreciates the opportunity, explains their 16-yearold daughter, “Swayze. “A 9-to-5 job sounds nice, but I really don’t see myself doing that after growing up outside with horses and in

nature.” A sophomore in high school, Swayze says she is exploring career options that will allow her to spend time with livestock or outdoors. In addition to chores and rodeo, Swayze and her siblings are also actively involved in 4-H. “I enjoy being able to work with and show cattle — especially the people I get to meet doing it and friends I get to see,” Swayze says. Through 4-H, the Ness kids have developed showmanship and public speaking skills, and most recently, Synch also learned how to trap. “I belong to a 4-H trapping club. We talk all about the traps, and what tracks to look for and how to set the traps,” explains the 12-year-old. “I like setting traps and coming in every day to see if I caught anything.” LeRoy and Sasha appreciate the life skills their children gain through involvement in rodeo and 4-H. “It’s not all about purple ribbons. When they don’t win the ribbon they want, that’s how they learn how to handle hard things life throws them,” Le Roy explains. And like everything on the Ness ranch, the entire family gets involved, Sasha and LeRoy serve as 4-H leaders.

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to threaten the livelihoods of thousands of our farming families, we want you and your communities to know that USDA stands with you,” said Kevin Shea, acting Secretary of Agriculture. “Visit farmers.gov or your local USDA Service Center to inquire about assistance.” Risk management and disaster assistance for agricultural operations: USDA offers several risk management and disaster assistance options to help producers recover after they are impacted by severe weather, including those impacted by winter storms and extreme cold. Even before disas-

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Producers that signed up for Federal Crop Insurance or NAP who suffer losses are asked to report crop damage to their crop insurance agent or local FSA office, respectively, within 72 hours of damage discovery and follow up in writing within 15 days. Livestock and perennial crop producers often have more limited risk management options available, so there are several disaster programs for them. Key programs include: ► The Livestock Indemnity Program and the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybee and Farmraised Fish Program reimburses producers for a portion of the value

of livestock, poultry and other animals that were killed or severely injured by a natural disaster or loss of feed. ► The Tree Assistance Program provides cost share assistance to rehabilitate or replant and clean-up damage to orchards and vineyards that kill or damage the tree, vines or shrubs. NAP or Federal Crop Insurance often only covers the crop and not the plant. USDA reminds producers that it’s critical to keep accurate records to document the losses and illnesses following this devastating cold weather event. Livestock producers are advised

to document beginning livestock numbers by taking photos or videos of any losses. Other common documentation options include: ► Purchase records ► Production records ► Vaccination records ► Bank or other loan documents ► Third-party certification Additionally, USDA can provide financial resources through its Environmental Quality Incentives Program to help with immediate needs and long-term support to help recover from natural disasters and conserve water resources. Assistance Continued on page 13

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Graze hard, but give a good rest How a first-time rancher is regenerating degraded cropland to healthy, resilient rangeland By Kurt Lawton Rangeland health, soil health, and the economic health of ranchers are one and the same, not mutually exclusive. That’s what James Halverson, executive director of the South Dakota Stockgrowers association, has learned. Halverson also happens to be a passionate rancher, grazing cattle in the northern foothills of the Black Hills. In a recent podcast interview, Halverson talked about his journey from cropland to rangeland — and why he enjoys being a rangeland evangelist. “I feel that rangeland is like a red-headed stepchild that isn’t getting near the attention compared to cropland when it comes to the regenerative agriculture movement,” Halverson said. Continued on page 14

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Continued from page 13 “We can apply the same soil health principles to rangeland — to improve stocking rates and production while increasing the ecological function and economics, too.” “We try to graze different pastures as short of time as we can, depending on where we can haul water. I’m a big believer in grazing pastures hard,

but then giving pastures a good rest, giving them a season to recover.” “Moving into the middle of an older couple’s ranch, in the northern foothills of the Black Hills, we were lucky as first-time ranchers that they [put no pressure on us to do things the way they did,” Halverson said. “Especially as we adopted soil health practices to regenerate degraded cropland.

You can learn so much by observing the ground, watching how and what species the cows eat — really learning from the landscape and going far beyond just checking the cows,” Halverson said. And that translates to a better product for consumers, he believes. “Raising really good tasting beef starts with healthy soil, diversity on the rangeland and figur-

ing out how to get cattle to eat it,” Halverson said “I try to emulate and learn from people like Dr. Fred Provenza, Gabe Brown, Ray Archuleta and others who are on the ground and want to help producers.” Halverson subscribes to the slogan “Remember the R’s — Rotate, Rest and Recover” that several South Dakota organizations

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The couple is eager to learn and share their experiences. In addition to hosting numerous tours and workshops, they serve as mentors for those who need help in building healthier soil, crops or livestock. They are proud members of South Dakota’s Grasslands Coalition and Soil Health Coalition. You can hear their success story in the YouTube series called “Our Amazing Grasslands” www. bit.ly/GrimRanch. Brandon Walter, NRCS biologist and former District Conservationist in Gregory County says, “I had the privilege of working with Rich and Sara to plan and carry out numerous practices over many years as part of their conservation plan. They are conscientious operators with the integrity for doing what is right and good, not only for their business, but for the health of our natural resources. I can think of no one more deserving of this award.”

The local field staff in Gregory Country will be recognized as part of this award acknowledging their technical assistance in helping the Grim Family develop and implement their conservation plan. Congratulations to Andrew Steffen, NRCS district conservationist, Brandon Walter, NRCS biologist; Kenneth Steele, Gregory Country Conservation Districts’ manager and Tina Schoenbaum, Gregory County Conservation District’s secretary. The Hugh Hammond Bennett Award is named in memory of the man credited with raising awareness about the critical importance of soil conservation during and after the Dust Bowl. Bennett believed that real and lasting change on the land comes from developing and following a conservation plan that is designed exclusively for a plot of land based on the available resources, resource issues and producer’s needs.

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