Cover crop maze

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

The pumpkins at the West River farm of Shawn Freeland need a bit more sun and rain before they’re ready for harvest.

Freeland recorded 0.77 of an inch of rain since Sept. 9 at his Caputa, South Dakota, operation. The biggest shower netted 0.54 of an inch. The area had a few cold nights with temperatures as low as 37 degrees.

Haying work wrapped up, and Freeland was keeping busy preparing for several school classes to take field trips to his cover crop maze.

“The ag education component seems to be of interest,” he said.

He has also been helping neighbors work cattle and watching volleyball games.

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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