Mark Dowden-June 11, 2012

“We’re getting some rain. It is just what we needed. We got anywhere from .8 to 1.8 inches on our different farms in the last 2 weeks. We were pretty dry until then. The crops really responded to that, but we were due for another shot.

“I don’t think there is much corn that is behind around here. There will be some beans behind that got planted late. The corn all came up about the same time and emergence was pretty even. All of the sidedressing is done around here. The beans have been post- sprayed and are in pretty good shape, other than the last planted beans in the area that are struggling.

“It wouldn’t surprise me if we didn’t try some wheat harvest in a couple of weeks. I think it is at least 10 days or two weeks ahead of normal. I am sure that most wheat acres will get double-cropped unless they need to put manure on or something. I think most guys will gamble on getting some moisture.

“I’d say crops are good to excellent. Most fields look really nice. If we keep getting these showers, we’ll be doing really well. I think the weed control is doing alright. There was a little worry there about whether it would get the job done with the dry weather. We’ll see later on whether the residuals reach their full potential.  I think we’re doing really well so far.”

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