Billy Pontius, July 16

Another round of rains missed the farm. “We’re hoping for 100 bushels on corn. It has had two inches of rain since planting. You’ll see an ear that is really good and then you’ll see one that’s not good. A few ears are pollinated completely and then there will be one that only is 25% pollinated. It is all over the board depending on how much moisture the plant got.  The average of it is not good. That 100-degree heat got it. The later pollinating corn is no better off than the earlier corn because we just haven’t gotten any more moisture. The blacker dirt is holding the moisture a little better. The clay banks, though, pollinated but the some of the plants never shot an ear.

“I am surprised that, with less than two inches of rain since we planted, that this corn isn’t already dead. If we had this 10 years ago, we’d be shelling corn right now, or mowing it.

“I’ve got a lot of flowers on the beans. If we get a half-inch of inch of rain in the next week or 10 days, we’ll be OK on beans. I will be happy with 30- or 40- bushel beans. I am surprised that there are still a lot of flowers, but if it doesn’t rain and they don’t put some pods on and fill them, we’re not going to see much yield. I have seen fields with spider mites, but not a lot. The biggest thing right now is silk clipping in the corn from Japanese beetles.

“It is helping these markets that it is dry from east to west. It is bad in Indiana and Illinois too and that is keeping the markets strong. If we’d have just been dry here and not there, we could have seen $4 corn and we’d be in really bad shape.  A couple of years ago we had 200-bushel corn at $4, so we could still be at the same income with 100 bushel corn and $8.”

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