Weber truck

Crop Watcher Kenny Weber poses by his work truck at the Bridgewater, S.D., farm where he grew up. Weber runs Innovative Ag, a company focused on precision planting. 

July storms took a toll on the town of Canistota in southeastern South Dakota. Crop watcher Kenny Weber, who owns a precision ag business there, said a wind storm July 19 tossed trees and rooftops. A grain leg in town came down, and bins by the elevator were damaged, he said.

Corn by his Bridgewater farm was about 30% green snap, and damage was significantly worse to the north. Weber recorded 3.25 inches of rain in the second half of July. Golf ball-sized hail fell across much of the area the night of July 28.

Aside from storm damage, crops were looking good and holding up well, he reported. Early-planted corn had tasseled, and the late-planted corn was right behind it. Early-planted soybeans looked good, and later planted fields were still short, but coming along, he said.

Farmers in the area sprayed prevented planting ground to keep weeds down.

“Seems like the battle is ongoing and never ends,” Weber said.

He took the floater tires off of his sprayer to apply fertilizer through the 360 Yield Center Y-Drop, and he said he’s not thinking of putting them back on to run a second pass of chemical to avoid ruts and getting stuck.

Many producers in the area are planting cover crops. Co-ops and seed guys have been busy sending seed out for cover crops, Weber said.

“Summer has definitely been jam packed with things to do this year. I thought with no crop planted I would have more time to get things done. So far (I’ve) been really busy – but it’s a good thing,” he said.

He’ll be traveling over the next couple weeks – to Illinois for product training and setting up a booth at Dakotafest in Mitchell.

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.