Looks like another
bumper crop year
The warm-up across South Dakota this week may bring some optimism to farmers as preparations begin for fall harvest. The latest United States Department of Agriculture projections show record yields for both corn and soybeans this year.
The potential for frost last week brought worries to a few farmers, but fortunately, only about one percent of the total corn acres in the U.S. were impacted by frost, and the weather is warmer this week heading into the first astronomical day of fall on Tuesday.
“I don’t think it affected us any. That was more up in the Bryant area. We’re pretty well right on schedule,” said H&I Grain manager Lonnie Geiman. “We’ve been gettin’ a lot of beans in the last four days. It looks like we’re about a week away from a bumper harvest.”
South Dakota State University Extension climate field specialist Laura Edwards took a more reserved approach. “Climate forecasts are leaning wetter and that could impact grain moisture and the ability to do field work at harvest,” she said.