Cover crop maze

An areal view shows Shawn Freeland's maze made out of cover crops at his Caputa, S.D., ranch.

Unlike the eastern side of South Dakota, western South Dakota producers like crop watcher Shawn Freeland have gotten a sustainable bit of moisture to keep the pastures green he said.

Freeland said his Caputa, South Dakota operation hasn’t received any rain since the last report. Several of those days, Freeland was with Kurt Stiefvater in Salem, South Dakota at a multi-day South Dakota Soil Health Coalition school session.

“The hands-on soil health classes coupled with excellent speakers made for an excellent school,” he said.

While rain comes at a welcomed pace in Caputa, Freeland said many producers in the area have begun their fall work gathering and working cattle for fall shots and weaning.

On the Freeland ranch, final preparations are under way to officially open the cover crop maze and pumpkin patch on the weekend of Sept. 13.

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Reach Reporter Jager Robinson at 605-335-7300, email jager.robinson@lee.net or follow on Twitter @Jager_Robinson.