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Published June 05, 2010, 12:00 AM

Crop stop


Royce Ritter of Akaska, S.D., burns down a “cover crop cocktail” from 2009 that included this canola. The canola didn’t winter kill as it usually does, he says. He quit corn on June 1 and switched to soybeans. (Mikkel Pates / Agweek)

  • Royce Ritter of Akaska, S.D., burns down a “cover crop cocktail” from 2009 that included this canola. The canola didn’t winter kill as it usually does, he says. He quit corn on June 1 and switched to soybeans. (Mikkel Pates / Agweek)
  • Royce Ritter, farmer, Akaska, S.D. (Mikkel Pates / Agweek)
  • Royce Ritter of Akaska, S.D., burns down a “cover crop cocktail” from 2009 that included this canola. The canola didn’t winter kill as it usually does, he says. He quit corn on June 1 and switched to soybeans. (Mikkel Pates / Agweek)
  • Royce Ritter of Akaska, S.D., burns down a “cover crop cocktail” from 2009 that included this canola. The canola didn’t winter kill as it usually does, he says. He quit corn on June 1 and switched to soybeans. (Mikkel Pates / Agweek)
  • It’s been wet and farmers are behind-schedule in the Linton, N.D., area. This farmer west of town raises wheat, oats and corn, and was just getting a good start on the wheat on May 17, but was largely finished on June 1. (Mikkel Pates / Agweek)
  • Joe Kiefer, manager of the Farmers Elevator at Linton, N.D. (Mikkel Pates / Agweek)
  • Fertilizer was flying out of the Farmers Elevator Inc., facilities in mid-May.(Mikkel Pates / Agweek)
  • Dennis Mitzel, farmer, south of Herreid, S.D. (Mikkel Pates / Agweek)
  • A conversion to more corn has expanded farm storage in the Agar, S.D., area. Here is a bin site on the Mundt farms – built in 2008 and then largely rebuilt and replaced in 2009 after a straight wind storm. (Mikkel Pates / Agweek)
  • Bob Joachim, farm employee, Agar, S.D. (Mikkel Pates / Agweek)
  • Harrold Grain of Harrold, S.D., is in the process of building a new elevator that can handle 140-car shuttle trains. (Mikkel Pates / Agweek)
  • Colton VanDerWerff, farm employee, Miller, S.D. (Mikkel Pates / Agweek)