User uShare Login | Register
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.


37° View Weather Current Conditions Sioux Falls Change Location
Set Weather Options

RADAR LOCATION

TEMPERATURE LOCATION

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

News

[0] My Saved Articles
Back to all news

Business

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?
PARKER, SD -

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


Comments







 
Find Local Businesses on KELO Pages!

View business

You may also like

Pierre Woman Wins On In-Flight Game Show

10/17/2014 12:10 PM

A South Dakotan is a winner on the Allegiant Airlines' first in-flight game show called "The Game Plane."  The reality show is film...

Full Story
Minimum Wage In South Dakota

10/13/2014 6:12 PM

An initiated measure on the South Dakota ballot this November proposes to raise the state's minimum wage from $7.25 per hour to $8.50.  Suppo...

Full Story | Watch
Pop-Up Holiday Shop Coming to Downtown Sioux Falls

10/15/2014 11:45 AM

Unglued: Christmas Market, will open in the space formerly occupied by the Book Shop in the Carpenter Building on Phillips Avenue from Nov. 20 through...

Full Story
Ebola Scams Surface

10/17/2014 2:15 PM

It was only a matter of time before scammers started capitalizing on the Ebola scare.  The Better Business Bureau is warning consumers about a va...

Full Story
Lumber Hunt

10/16/2014 10:05 PM

Connor Burtis is holding a treasure hunt with the ultimate prize: A handcrafted piece of furniture.

Full Story | Watch


Events