Jared Questad of Baltic says his family has a ways to go before they are ready for winter to set in.
Jared Questad of Baltic says his family has a ways to go before they are ready for winter to set in.


By Wendy Sweeter


Corn and soybean harvest had nearly wrapped up by mid-November for Baltic, S.D., producer Jared Questad.

Questad, 27, and his wife, Nicole, who farm with his dad, Randall, says early on in this long harvest season they had some soft ground to try to combine on, but had a freeze that helped firm up the ground. He says they have been lucky in getting through everything.

In addition to harvesting, Questad hopes to get cornstalks baled and moved home, along with spreading manure before winter hits for real.

“Harvest to me is baling cornstalks and moving bales home and hauling manure. We kind of have a ways to go to call ourselves done with harvest,” he says. “We’ve still got more bales to put up if we’ve got time and haul them home and get some more manure hauled before the weather gets too tough.”

In addition to crop ground, Questad also feeds his own calves and does some custom feeding in his hoop barn and two outdoor lots. He also runs some cows on shares.

All of the cows are on cornstalks and grassy areas where they could not farm.

“They’re grazing a whole quarter and got plenty of room and lots of feed to take care of hopefully we don’t get snow too soon or that will end before we want it to,” Questad says. “Once it snows, we’ll probably leave them on the large area but we’ll feed them daily to keep up their feed intake.”

Before the end of the year, Questad hopes to spread all of their stockpiled manure and buy some more calves before the end of November to fill one yard that is empty.

“Then we’ll be ready to go into the winter and do chores and get ready for next spring,” he says.