Brandon Monebrake, May 8

Grandma was all worried about her flowers last night but when I got up it was 40 degrees. We didn’t get any frost but we got about six inches of rain in the last two weeks. The first rain was 2.6 inches. We got back in the fields and it started raining again and we got 3.4 inches spread out over two days.

We got about 350 acres in the ground and only one field has come up. In that field there is not much that is up. It is pretty spotty emergence. The way it’s looking right now, we’ll probably have to replant a good bit of it.

The rain and the cold weather aren’t helping anything. Some of the corn that is up is John Deere yellow. It looks terrible.

I planted three acres of beans next to the house to test the planter. None of it is up. Luckily it is only three acres. We started after the first cold spell. A lot of people started planting before that cold spell.

Everything was working great and the ground couldn’t have been in any better shape. That is why we started. Then it all turned around and fell on its face. We needed a little rain to get things started, but we didn’t need that much rain. I think there is a lot of rotten seed in the ground around here.

The wind the last couple of days has been 20 miles per hour and yesterday was the first sunny day. The worked ground is starting to dry on top a little bit, but is still really soggy.

The weeds are all dead in the bean ground. But last year we got all the burndown on the beans done and then we got a big rain and got pushed back on planting and we’ll probably have problems with weeds in beans like we had last year.

If it doesn’t rain this week, it will probably be Friday or Saturday before we get in the fields. There are a lot of people getting nervous but you have to remember that it is still early. We like to have the corn done by May 20 and the beans done by the end of May. We can get all the corn planted with two planters in three days.

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