Evening Edition | Monday, August 29, 2022
In tonight's Evening Edition, read about the XtremeAg team's intensive crop management, the USDA Crop Progress report, and one farmer's success with cover crops and no-til in North Dakota.
Crop Management in South Dakota and Alabama
XtremeAg’s Chad Henderson cuts into his drought damaged corn, while Lee Lubbers sees the benefits of intensive management in a dry year.
Lubbers, who farms in South Dakota, says, "Our crops have been hurt this year but they look better than we could have hoped for considering it’s pretty much a repeat of the 2012 drought in our area."
Henderson, farmer in Alabama, says, "After scouting multiple fields, the double crop beans appear to stand a better chance of out yielding our single season beans."
USDA Crop Progress Report
Editor Cassidy Walter covers the Crop Progress data from today's report.
In the top 18 corn growing states, crop condition was rated 54% good/excellent, a 1% drop from last week.
Soybean crop condition was rated 57% good/excellent, reflecting no change from last week. Soybeans rated poor/very poor also stayed the same at 13%.
- READ MORE: Corn crop condition declines for fourth week
North Dakota No-Till and Cover Crops
Greg Amundson of Gilby, North Dakota, took a risk and implemented no-till and cover crops in the heavy, cooler soils on his farm.
He says his biggest hurdle was a mental roadblock from hearing other area farmers say, "No-till won’t work in the valley."
“I have seeded cereal rye as late as the end of October and even the first of November and was able to get the cover crop started,” he says. “Depending on the weather, it can still grow a couple of inches when seeded that late. Even if it just germinates, it’ll grow readily in the spring.”