Jim Herring, July 16


“We had one big rain that was around two inches, right after we planted. A lot of that ran off and, in some ways, it did more harm than good. Other than that we haven’t gotten much more than two inches since the corn was planted. We just got a couple hundredths yesterday and that doesn’t do much with the high temperatures we’ve had.

“The rains were really spotty. It seems like that maybe the garden spot that keeps getting the rains could be up around Findlay, but I know they have been really spotty around there too.

“The agronomist was just out this morning and we looked at ears. I couldn’t believe how well they were pollinated. It still looks like there is good yield potential there. These hybrids have come a long way, but I just don’t know if we’ll really see good yields after this heat and dry weather.

“The soybeans still have potential, but we’ll need some rain in the next couple of weeks. I have heard reports about pest problems in beans, but I haven’t seen any yet and I haven’t been seeing the Japanese beetles either. It is starting to sound like a broken record, but we need rain. It is good to see the markets going up, but sometimes that hurts even more when you don’t have the crop to sell.”


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