Snow delay typical of 2019 growing season

For a South Dakota farmer who was close to completing his harvest earlier this week, one more snow delay is characteristic of the entire season.

“It’s been frustrating,” Jeff Thompson, told Brownfield Ag News, failing to hide how he feels about the 2019 growing season.

After two inches of snow kept him from shelling his last 18 acres of corn, the southeastern South Dakota farmer, who is also president of the South Dakota Soybean Association, tells Brownfield it’s typical of 2019.

“All year, from planting all the way through, we’d get like two days out of the week to do a week’s worth of work,” said Thompson, who farms at Colton, just north of Sioux Falls, “so we’re catching up a little bit, but still have a ways to go yet.”

Thompson was only able to plant half his corn acres and 60 percent of his soybeans.

“I think I spent my summer disking weeds,” he said, “and never did get all of them.”

Even this late in the year, Thompson says many of the creeks on his place are at or over their banks, “and I’ve got some ground I’m pretty sure I won’t be able get into next year already.”

AUDIO: Jeff Thompson

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