Snow Slows Harvest For Some SD Farmers
by Jeff Rusack, Reporter
November 05, 2013 5:08 PM
Portions of Eastern South Dakota are seeing the first significant snow accumulation of the season. For winter weather lovers, the snow is a welcome sight. But, for farmers with harvesting left to do, the snow is anything but welcome.
“We need about three to four good days then we'll be wrapped up,” said Brian Smith, a farmer in Montrose.
“We're maximizing what we can do with this thing, right now. We're pushing it about as hard as she wants,” said Smith about his combine.
If this November snow does melt quickly farmers don't expect the moisture to have a big impact on finishing the harvest.
“No matter how much snow or rain we get, if it melts, the soil has been soaking it in pretty good because we've been so dry from the drought last year. We are still lacking in subsoil moisture around here,” said Smith.
The wet crops are tough for combines to process. So, even with a fair amount of snow on the ground, as long as the corn is snow free, farmers will finish the harvest.
“The corn is standing good. None of it is lying down or what we called ‘lodged,’ so if we get a little snow we can deal with it,” said Smith.
A snowy Tuesday across Eastern South Dakota creates a small headache for some farmers and they hope to return to their combines by the end of the week.