Billy Pontius, Fairfield County, May 28

“We finished up on May 18. It was getting pretty dry at the end, but most of the last beans we planted are up and looking pretty good. We had a rough spell with the corn there for a couple of weeks. That cold weather really took a toll on the corn more than I anticipated. We had some seedling blights, a little bit of cutworm and some wireworms. There was nothing major, but just a lot of little things and the cold, wet weather slowed the crop down. But, planting early was a gamble I was willing to take. And, if we had waited, we would be dealing with this dry weather.

“It seems like everybody around here has a few troublesome fields this spring. We didn’t replant. There were a few spots here and there, but I would have ended up tearing up more than I would have helped myself, especially as dry as it is now. The corn is rolled up pretty good during the days in this 95-degree weather.

“We finished planting on a Friday night and Saturday morning we started sidedressing corn. We have 200 acres to sidedress yet and we’ll be done. Once we get that done, we can catch a breather, though I’ve got some spraying to do.

“There still is moisture in the ground and it is getting the corn to root down. I dug some roots up the other day and they are amazing. In July or August if it gets dry that will help us.”

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