User uShare Login | Register

Along with posting photos, videos, and stories, your uShare account lets you post Classified Ads, recipes on What's For Dinner, and Announcements.

53° View Weather Current Conditions Sioux Falls Change Location
Set Weather Options



Share your Photos, Videos, and Stories on uShare! Click here to get started.


[0] My Saved Articles
Back to all news


Find local businesses
on the KELO Pages!


Drought's Impact On Some Businesses Delayed?

September 24, 2012, 5:33 AM by Austin Hoffman

Drought's Impact On Some Businesses Delayed?

Talk to nearly any farmer right now and they'll tell you they're not getting anywhere close to what they should be for this fall's harvest. But many businesses in rural South Dakota rely on those farmers to put money in their cash register to pay the bills.

It's no secret that this has been an extremely tough year for producers. But one business owner we talked with says fortunately, they're still spending money.

"As of this time I can’t say that it's really affected my business that much yet," Jim’s Farm and Sporting Supply owner Jim Kasten said.

Kasten has owned Jim's Farm and Sporting Supply in Parker for 11 years. He says it’s been a fairly common year. But if farmers can't put money in the bank this fall, next year could be a different story.

"I think everybody is going to be a little more skeptical with what the outlook is as far as the farm industry goes that unless it starts raining they are really going to start conserving with what their needs are, what their future spending is," Kasten said.

To him, the key to making it through a summer like this is giving people many reasons to come through the front door. At one time, his business was strictly a feed store; that's all changed.

"Now I have added fishing line, I've just added a trapping supply, your pet foods. As a business man on Main Street in a small business you have to be versatile and see what else is out there that you might be able to make a dollar at," Kasten said.

But now he just hopes the skies open and next summer the ground gives birth to new life.

"If the rain does not start pretty quick I'm sure that you're going to see a lot more cutbacks," Kasten said.

Kasten says he also added silage tarps to his shelves this year. And with the amount of silage that was cut, he says it was a very good investment.

Previous Story

Next Story




View business

You may also like

Mitchell Superintendent Defends 'Second Job'

10/5/2015 10:02 PM

Our KELOLAND News investigation revealed some of the problems surrounding the multimillion dollar GEAR UP grant that caused the state to end its partn...

Full Story | Watch
Stacy Phelps Resigns From Board of Education

10/2/2015 3:14 PM

Phelps administered the GEAR UP program which prepared and encouraged Native American students to enroll into higher educaton.

Full Story
Coffee Shop, Pizza Chain Both Opening In East Sioux Falls

10/2/2015 2:03 PM

Marco's Pizza filed a building permit to set up shop in a new stripmall on South Sycamore Avenue.

Full Story
Missing Documents On Secretary Of State Website

10/6/2015 6:05 PM

Half a million documents that are supposed to be on the South Dakota's Secretary of State website are not online.  The current Secretary Shan...

Full Story | Watch
Pepsi Perfect To Be Released October 21

10/5/2015 3:08 PM

On October 21, the same day Marty McFly traveled through time, the soda company is releasing Pepsi Perfect.

Full Story