Rapid Creek clover

Rapid Creek near Caputa, S.D., is bright green with an abundance of clover. The creek has returned to normal after it was flooded far beyond its banks about a month ago.

The rain started falling in western South Dakota June 18. Crop watcher Shawn Freeland recorded rain every day at his Caputa home, totalling totaling 0.9 of an inch for the week.

“We have a bumper crop of sweet clover in the pastures that the cows are trying to keep up with,” he said.

Corn in his area was about 8 inches high, and about quarter of the hay had been put up.

Rolling rye

Crop Watcher Shawn Freeland rolls the rye cover crop at his Caputa, South Dakota, farm in late June. 

Freeland rolled down his rye and planted pumpkins. He cut a maze into his cover crop field.

Next, he planned to work on fencing and waterlines for newly planted shelter belts and paddocks for the continued implementation of managed grazing.

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

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Janelle is editor of the Tri-State Neighbor, covering South Dakota, southwestern Minnesota, northwestern Iowa and northeastern Nebraska.