The Western Leg is off to an interesting start. Monday, we spent time traveling through Southeastern South Dakota. That state has really experienced ideal weather conditions throughout the growing season that’s similar if not better than last year. That is the perfect receipe to produce a possible bumper crop.
It’s a small crack of sound, Southeastern South Dakota farmer, Mike Slack welcomes.
“Of course we like to see these rains for the beans. They really need rain but overall things are looking good,” said Lincoln County, South Dakota farmer, Mike Slack.
That’s because Slack says this week’s rains were the first in his area since late July. It’s August rains like this that have help move along what’s already considered a big crop.
“I think with my little corner here, we may have a bumper crop in corn. I’m predicting the corn will be up this year. Like I said with the beans, it could be about the same,” said Slack.
Those are predictions that aren’t a surprise to scouts on the Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour.
When it comes to soybeans, scouts say not to aim too low on the state’s bean yield.
“When you get muddy boots in South Dakota the third week in August and you have good plant health, some of the plants are loaded with pods better than I’ve seen in South Dakota and we’ve been doing this since ’98,” said Pro Farmer’s Chip Flory.
Flory says some corn has started to dent, a good sign the season is going well.
“I would guess yield is at 140 to 200 bushel range and congregated at 150 to 160 bushels per acre,” said Flory.
There are some ear development and disease problems, but from what he’s seen, it’s not a big concern for South Dakota.
And as the season moves on, Slack hopes for more August rains like this to finish out what could be an ideal season.
“Our June and July this year was perfect. We got timely rains and the temperatures have been warm,” said Slack.
Now Slack says there are some minor problems with aphids and weeds. Chip also mentioned some hail damage and disease pressure as well.
Here are the Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour Official Results, click here: http://www.profarmer.com/news-analysis/more/midwest-crop-tour/2015-pro-farmer-midwest-crop-tour-results-south-dakota