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.

None of the mid-October snow stuck around at crop watcher Kenny Weber’s Bridgewater farm. Snow and rain left fields saturated, but he’s hopeful for getting the rest of his crop out without too much trouble.

He finished soybean harvest. Yields were spotty, as to be expected with a wet year and late planting.

“Tiled fields really shined this year with better yields and combinability,” he said.

Next, Weber will be working to combine his few acres of corn and finish fall tillage. While he typically hires someone to drive truck, do field work and run the grain cart, being so far down on planting acres, the Webers decided to go about harvest by themselves this year.

Weber will be doing soil sampling and looking at fertilizer recommendations to make sure they’re maintaining levels, especially in fields that didn’t get planted. He’s not sure when he’ll be able to apply this fall.

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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