SD farmer on scattered rain and stressed crops
A South Dakota grower says it’s been a year of haves and have nots when it comes to the scattered rains in his drought-ridden state.
Reno Brueggeman grows corn and beans in east central South Dakota, north of Miller.
“One area might get an inch less than me. Fifteen miles got a nice 1.3 inch, and it was in about a five to 10 mile radius, and then the next guy, everything around that, didn’t get anything.”
And, he tells Brownfield, the forecast is hot and dry with a critical week ahead for corn which is showing great stress.
“In the mornings they look good but in the afternoon our corn fields look like we’re raising onions or pineapples. In the heat of the day they really go into defense mode.”
Corn would normally be high this time of year but Brueggeman says it’s only thigh-high. He says it could be chopped for silage but that’s ONLY if they get rain. Brueggeman is a member of the South Dakota Corn Utilization Council.