CROOKS, SD -
With snow in the forecast, farmers are rushing to get their crops out of the fields. One southeast South Dakota family is coming together to stay ahead of the snow.
"We get some nice weather, and we go like crazy. And then here comes some snow, and so the push is on to get the crops in before the snow comes and stays," Crooks farmer Darin Larson said.
Larson has about 900 acres of crops near Crooks. Though he has all the beans out, he still has 20 percent of his corn in the fields.
That's why he's been pushing these last few days.
"We went until about 9 last night, when we have everything kind of filled up. And then we got going about 7:30, 8 this morning. Then the rains came, so hopefully they'll be done today so we can hopefully get some more done before the snow tomorrow," Larson said.
Larson says his father, brother and even his mother are helping to get the job done before the snow hits. And he's not alone.
Even after the sun went down Sunday night, combines could be seen scattered across area fields.
"There seems to be lights all over the place on the horizon. Everybody was going I think," Larson said.
Larson believes new genetics have made the crops stronger than years past so yields aren't as bad as they could've been.
But due to a serious lack of moisture, corn stalks are still very weak.
"We get some wetness on here, it could knock those stalks down. And then if they break off, you won't be able to pick it up with a combine," Larson said.
While farmers are rushing to get their crops out today, they do ask for drivers to have a little patience.
"We gotta go down the roads. And this time of the year, there's a lot of equipment on the roads. And so we would appreciate the public's understanding on that," Larson said.
With the long day ahead, you may be seeing headlights well into night.
If the snow hits Tuesday, Larson says he'll probably have about 10 percent of his corn still left in the ground.
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