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Harvesting Corn

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Producer and FSA agent discussing Coronavirus Food Assistance Program signup in a cattle shed.

Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2 Signup Open Until Dec. 11

South Dakota producers that faced market disruptions due to COVID-19 may be eligible for assistance from the Coronavirus Food Assistance Progam 2, available for signup through the USDA's Farm Service Agency until Dec. 11, 2021.

harvester chopping corn silage, depositing silage into green wagon.

Herbicide Residual Effects on Cover Crops after Corn Silage

Fact sheet about herbicide residual effect on cover crops after corn silage.

Green tractor driving down a road with low-hanging powerlines across it.

Agricultural Safety Around Overhead Lines

Every year farmers are injured or killed in electricity-related accidents. Assessing the electrocution hazards around your farm and fields and developing a safety plan for your operation can save lives.

Modern grain bin exterior with built-in staircase.

Grain Bin Safety Improvements

One major area of concern during fall harvest is producer safety in and around grain bins. Let’s examine some of the changes that producers could make to their current bins, which will help make them safer.

A green combine driving down a paved road.

Roadway Safety During Harvest

If you have been on the roads lately, you have probably noticed that harvest has started. Producers and non-agricultural drivers have a shared responsibility to travel safely and share the road during this busy time of the year.

A green combine that has caught fire in the field.

Avoiding Field Fires During Fall Harvest

With dry and drought conditions in the late summer and fall, crops dry down rapidly and harvest starts early. The climate outlook may be favorable for an uninterrupted run at harvest. However, the risk of fires during harvest is always a concern for farmers.

Left: A corn ear showing Gibberella ear rot symptoms. Right: A prematurely dried corn stalk split to reveal pith disintegration due to stalk rot.

Corn Ear Rots and Stalk Rots: The Last Issues To Check for in Corn Before Combining

Before combining corn, it is recommended to scout your field for corn ear rots and stalk rots. It is important to scout corn fields for these two issues in order to make timely decisions on corn combining.

Male and female rancher reviewing clipboard in a cattle barn.

COVID-19 Tips for Farms and Ranches

Continuing to keep employees and family members healthy through the COVID-19 pandemic will require extra effort as you enter the busy time of fall harvest.

Farmer calibrating a yield monitor insde a combine cab.

Calibrate Your Combine Yield Monitors!

The equipment associated with precision farming is a considerable investment and is a great tool for gaining knowledge about your farming operation. The yield monitor is often overlooked as the critical piece of equipment when the crops are ready for harvest.

Waterhemp growing at he edge of a soybean field nearing harvest.

Checking Weed Control at Harvest

With harvest now in full swing, don’t forget to look at your fall weed control. What are the weeds that are left in your crop? Do you know what weeds they are? Is there a weed that you do not know?