Harvest is roughly two weeks off schedule for crop watcher Kenny Weber and much of southeastern South Dakota.
Weber said even though they typically like to begin harvest at their Bridgewater farm at the end of September, their plans as of the beginning of the month are to start during the second week of October.
“It will all depend on how many heat units we get between now and then,” he said. “Sixty degree weather this time of the year is not good. Hopefully, the frost holds off and we can get some decent crops in the area.”
His sentiment on frost was held by all of the Tri-State Neighbor crop watchers. Much like in central South Dakota, Weber said even silage chopping has been pushed back as very few people are dry enough to even consider chopping.
The Weber operation received another .75 inches of rain and he hadn’t begun to total the early morning rainfall on Sept. 9.
To keep busy, Weber said they’ve just tried to stay on top of prevent planted acres and see if disks work in the field.
“We have started doing what little bit of tillage we can do to get some of the prevent plant acres knocked down,” Weber said. “The disk plugs up more than anyone would really want it to.”