Jan. 4 Agriculture Briefs


Deadwood poised to expand after annexation approved

DEADWOOD, S.D. (AP) — Deadwood is poised to grow by more than 1,000 acres after city leaders approved an annexation petition.

The city commission on Tuesday approved a petition for a 1,020-acre annexation from Frawley Ranches, Inc. The Black Hills Pioneer reports the proposal would extend Deadwood city limits to beyond the Frawley Ranch courtyard barns.

JR Hamblet, director of operations for Elkhorn Ridge on the Historic Frawley Ranch, said the idea is to help the city with affordable housing and a sports field across from Centennial Quarry.

Landscape architect Pat Wyss says the plan calls for 60 acres designated for soccer, baseball and walking paths.

Mayor Chuck Turbiville says the next step is for the commission to negotiate an annexation agreement with the developer. He says county and state review also is needed.


North Dakota livestock, winter wheat holding up well

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Livestock in North Dakota and the state’s winter wheat crop appear to be holding up well to winter so far.

The monthly crop report from the federal Agriculture Department shows about two-thirds of the winter wheat in fair or good condition.

Cattle and calf conditions are rated 77 percent good to excellent, with death losses average to light.

Hay supplies are rated 71 percent adequate to surplus, and stock water supplies are 51 percent in those categories.


Most of South Dakota winter wheat crop holding up well

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Most of South Dakota’s winter wheat crop appears to be holding up fairly well to winter so far.

The monthly crop report from the federal Agriculture Department shows about two-thirds of the crop in fair, good or excellent condition.

Soil moisture is still showing the effects of last summer’s prolonged drought. Topsoil moisture supplies are rated only 47 percent adequate to surplus, and subsoil moisture is 44 percent in those categories.


Cause of fire that destroyed tractor business still unknown

HAVRE, Mont. (AP) — Fire officials say the cause of a blaze that destroyed an agricultural equipment business in north-central Montana has yet to be determined.

The Great Falls Tribune reported Wednesday that the Christmas Eve fire caused millions of dollars in losses to Big Equipment Co., an internationally-known custom tractor business near Havre. In terms of square footage, it was the largest fire Havre has responded to in 30 years, Assistant Fire Chief Kelly Jones said.

Jones says the fire caused $3,000 in damage alone to the department’s trucks and equipment.

Big Equipment Co. owner Ron Harmon says that while the business is a total loss, it is insured and he plans to rebuild. The business employs 32 people.