Last Field, Last Round

Inside Dakota Ag

Corn harvest winds up on a much better note in S.D.

Published on: November 3, 2010

Paul Evenson and his crew were combining their last field of corn near Renner, S.D., this morning.

Their harvest was ending on a bright, dry November morning.

 “It went a lot better this year,” said John Evenson, Paul’s nephew, who was running the combine. The field was dry. There was no snow. It was 50 degrees F rather than 20 degrees F. Yields were good, John said, but he declined to

“The corn is 14-15% moisture. That’s nice for a change. No need to dry it,” said Mike Turner, who was running the grain cart and unloading the trucks.

As of Oct. 31, 81% of the corn in South Dakota and 67% of the corn in North Dakota had been harvested, according to Agricultural Statistics Service. That compares to 12% and 55% combined at the same time last year, and to five-year average of 48% and 45%