Corn maze

Crop Watcher Leon Spronk is showing his SDSU spirit with this year's corn maze, cut by his nephew Seth Spronk for the coming Pumpkin Festival in Edgerton, Minn.

Crop watcher Leon Spronk harvested the first sweet potatoes from his garden, and the first honey crisp apples came off the tree. They are crisp and tart, but gradually sweetening, he said. He’s also harvested a lot of tomatoes for soup, juice and BLTs.

The area finally received just over an inch of rain over the Sept. 7-8 weekend.

In the fields around his Edgerton home, crops on lighter soil were showing signs of stress due to lack of moisture.

Early corn was denting and bean pods were starting to fill. There had been some green chop for corn silage by local dairies and prevent plant chopping of Sudan grass, Spronk reported Sept. 10.

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