Brandon Monebrake, June 26

We caught a big rain Friday and that is the only rain we got in a while. Here at home we got 2.8 inches and our farm at New Paris got five inches. That is a lot of rain, and the crops look amazing. We had some areas that had standing water, but it went down pretty quickly. That big of a rain that comes that quickly floods the creek and it goes out into our fields at New Paris. We had maybe eight acres under the water — and I mean under the water, it was two feet deep —and it is dry this morning. Usually if the water goes down that quickly it doesn’t hurt the crops. It usually gets flooded at least once a year up there.

We finished sidedressing two weeks ago and the corn looks great. But there are some bad spots. Where we ran on the ends of the rows last fall it really shows this year. You can really tell where drove during harvest and where we had the seed tender at planting. It is hurting the corn the most. We didn’t have a real winter and there wasn’t enough freezing and thawing. It usually doesn’t show up that bad and this year there is a foot difference in corn height in the end rows where the grain cart ran.

The wind has been sort of an issue the last few days. We don’t usually have disease, but we are keeping a close eye on some beans after beans and we are trying to get out and spray but we have been fighting the wind. We have about four or five good days of spraying left in the beans.

We have weed issues right now. The horseweeds are terrible this year and I went through and sprayed 160 acres for Johnsongrass a couple of weeks ago. Now we are spraying the whole fields this round. The township doesn’t spray the side ditches up in New Paris so it can be a losing battle up there.

We knew something was wrong with the pulling tractor, but it was our hometown pull this weekend with the Preble County Smokeout and I pulled there and we are done. The head gasket finally gave out completely. I had a pull yesterday and I couldn’t go. I’ll take me about six hours to fix it, or eight hours if someone helps me because I’ll be distracted.

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