South Dakota is the country with the largest number of corn and soybean plantations with a total of 3.8 million acres. The state is in tune with the smallest crop in the entire Midwest, which could pose big problems for its ethanol industry.
"You only see neighborhoods without neighborhoods," said Roger Kock, a farmer in Turner County, South Dakota.
Although some fields are bare, the scouts of the Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour also see the immaturity and uncertainty of the crop.
"A lot of these ears have recently been removed in a week to 10 days and just finished pollinating," said Jarod Creed, founder of JC Marketing Services.
This leaves the ethanol industry with uncertainties. NuGen Energy in Marion, South Dakota, is talking with AgDay's national reporter, Betsy Jibben, about preparing for the next few months.