Weber tractor

Crop Watcher Kenny Weber poses by a tractor in his Bridgewater, S.D., shop. In addition to farming, Weber runs Innovative Ag, a company focused on precision planting.

Corn in much of southeastern South Dakota had a ways to go to reach maturity, reported crop watcher Kenny Weber.

Fields around his Bridgewater home that were planted in mid-May will probably finish in time, he said, but that wasn’t the same story for June-planted fields. That corn was still in the milk stage or dough stage by the last week of August, Weber said.

“It needs a lot of growing degree units to finish out,” he said. “The 10-day forecast doesn’t look too promising for a ton of heat units.”

Weber recorded an inch and a half of rain since the last report. A quarter inch fell Aug. 12, an inch on Aug. 17, and about another quarter on Aug. 24.

“Seems to me that we are still in the wet cycle, but maybe we are getting smaller amounts when it does rain,” Weber said.

Alfalfa and pastures have been growing strong with all of the moisture.

Pest and disease issues haven’t been much of a concern on the Weber farm, but with green snap and hail in the corn and beans, he hasn’t taken a close look at his acres.

He’ll be deciding soon if he’ll spray his prevented planting acres again or wait until it dries out to work the weeds down.

“It would be nice to get the blade out and clean out some ditches in fields, but the waterways and ditches are still too wet to get into,” Weber said.

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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