Spring pastures

Cattle graze the green spring pastures in southern Deuel County, South Dakota, June 15. 

Southeastern South Dakota was one of the latest planted areas in the country, and some corn there was pretty short – in the V5 to V6 growth stage – leading up to the July 4 holiday. Early planted crops wre looking good, however.

“The corn has really shot up around the area with the high heat and humidity that we have seen over the last week,” said crop watcher Kenny Weber, who farms east of Bridgewater.

Some corn fields were showing effects of the wet conditions. Emergence issues were visible in areas were the ground was worked when it was too wet, Weber said.

He recorded 1.75 inches of rain since mid-June, most of it falling June 21 and 22. This time, the rain was a good thing, Weber said.

“There was a lot of beans in the ground and a lot of fertilizer on top of the ground that needed some water to get it jump-started,” he said.

Most soybeans in the area were very short, and very few fields were close to shading the row, even in narrow-planted beans.

Southeastern South Dakota farmers have been busy spraying. Weber had most of his crop ground sprayed by July 1 and cleaning up weeds on prevented planting ground was next. He planned to prepare some of the acres for planting cover crops.

For the holiday, the Webers were headed to Watertown to visit his wife’s family.

Janelle is editor of the Tri-State Neighbor, covering South Dakota, southwestern Minnesota, northwestern Iowa and northeastern Nebraska. Reach her at jatyeo@tristateneighbor.com or follow on Twitter @JLNeighbor


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