#Grow15 Crops Look Good (Mainly) in South Dakota and Northwest Iowa

  • Road trip to South Dakota and Northwest Iowa.

    One of the fun parts of this job is traveling the countryside in search of stories to tell about the United States’ greatest industry—agriculture. Another trip I made this month was to South Dakota and Northwest Iowa. For the most part, crops look good.

  • Full Canopy

    Granted, corn on my home farm near Langford, South Dakota, is normally canopied by now. Still, it’s always a relief to know the corn is on its way. There are plenty of things that can still go wrong, but at this stage, weeds aren’t one of them.

  • Roots, Roots, Roots.

    It was dry when I there on July 13. Fortunately, there were roots extending downward to access the 1.25 inches of rain that did fall on July 17. Unfortunately, some nearby farms received severe hail damage.

  • Getting There

    I estimated the soybeans were about 75% canopied when I was there. That’s one advantage of soybeans planted in 15-inch rows.

  • Dying Trees

    One downer of the trip was seeing the tree claim dying on the farmstead on which I grew up. The windbreak is several decades old, but flooding a few years ago also did a number on them.

  • Wheat is Sweet

    Wheat still is a crop for some in northeastern South Dakota. For those who have been able to plant it in the spring, it’s been a great third crop for those formerly in a corn and soybean rotation.

  • Simply The Best

    The best—well, make that outstanding—corn I saw was in Sioux County in northwestern Iowa. Although local farmers said they needed a rain, the crop looks awesome.

  • Thunderstorms In The Works

    Fortunately, those farmers may have received their wish the evening I left northwest Iowa on July 16. This band of thunderstorms was moving through the Sioux City, Iowa, area.

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