On September 30, NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center released an update to the October climate outlook. For the Northern Plains, there are some substantial changes to the previous outlook that was issued a couple of weeks ago.
Harvesting of corn and soybean is underway and/or will soon be starting throughout the state. Growers need to be aware of storage mold which can spoil the grain during storage.
Fall has arrived in South Dakota; however, with many saturated fields, some producers are growing concerned that there will be little to no opportunity to harvest silage before corn dries down past desired moisture levels or frost occurs.
As producers prepare to fire up combines for the 2018 fall harvest, there is much concern about commodity prices and markets. Many producers realize that it will be difficult to sell soybeans for the foreseeable future and are making preparations to store this commodity for a number of months or possibly longer.
With harvest approaching or in progress in many areas of South Dakota, grain storage is becoming a top priority for some producers. Over the past year, low commodity prices have caused some farmers to hold over more grain than in previous years.
According to the September 1st USDA NASS report, South Dakota is heading for bumper row crop production. The USDA NASS predicts the production of corn and soybean crops in South Dakota at a record high of 893 million and 277 million bushels, up 14% and 15% from last year respectively.
Fall is a very busy time on most grain farms in South Dakota. In the hustle and bustle of running the combine, hauling grain, and storing or selling a crop, it is easy to forget the importance of safety.
Throughout the year, it is possible to find an infestation of insects in stored grain. The general rule of thumb is the longer grain is stored, the greater the chance of an infestation occurring.
In the past couple of weeks, several South Dakota producers have noticed considerable top dieback in area corn fields. There are several things which could cause this phenomenon including environmental stress, corn borer damage, or anthracnose.
Stalk rots are one of the late season diseases corn growers need to be aware of. Stalk rots can lead to lodging and lodged plants pose a challenge to corn harvesting. Areas which experienced heavy rains and nutrient leaching (like nitrogen) may find stalk rots as a common problem this year.