PHOTOS: Take an up-close look at Harvest 2022 near Mitchell

Bannwarth Ag is in the midst of harvesting its fields

A combine works though a field of corn on Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2022, west of Storla, S.D.
Adam Thury / Mitchell Republic
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STORLA, S.D. — The Bannwarth family invited the Mitchell Republic to an afternoon of corn harvesting on Tuesday, Oct. 4 near Storla, where the longtime producers made progress on their fall harvest.

The Bannwarths kicked off fall harvesting in September and have made steady progress. The latest corn fields the Bannwarths harvested are located about 5 miles west of Storla and about 30 miles northwest of Mitchell.

Harvesting season typically runs from mid-September to the end of November. But that all depends on the acreage, the size of the equipment, the amount of farmhands working and how the weather pans out.

"It's the best time of the year," Tom Bannwarth said of harvesting.

It is the time when most of the farmers get paid. After a spring of planting crops, a summer of hoping and praying for rain and no hail, the time of reaping begins.


The Bannwarths got a head start to their harvesting by taking advantage of the dry weather in mid-September and plan to be complete by November.

Drought conditions easing, but weather was hit or miss for most producers

Adam Thury joined the Mitchell Republic in March of 2022. He was born and raised in Mitchell, S.D., and graduated from Mitchell High School in 2015. He always had an eye for photography but started honing his skills mid-2014. He has worked on growing his knowledge of photography by shooting for local events. He can be reached at and found on Instagram at
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