Jim Herring, Wyandot County, July 9

“We had 80-plus mile an hour winds, a little bit of rain and a lot of tree damage on June 29. There were a lot of farm machine sheds and grain systems in the area that got damage. We didn’t have any structural damage. We lost power for 28 hours, but there were people without power for several days. It rained seven or eight tenths. The corn was probably too short to blow over.

“Corn is in spotty pollination. The crop is pretty darn short. That rain we got helped for a day and that is about it. I think we’re going downhill fast with yields. I think that anybody who is still talking about good corn yields in this area is either dreaming or not looking too closely. All of the early corn is well under way with pollination. The later planted corn is not there yet. I think that it will be there in the next week or so. By mid-day, we start to see a lot of the corn turn kind of a gray color, especially on the sandy hills.

“The soybeans just haven’t grown much. They are taking a big hit now in terms of blossoms and setting pods for yields. There was some rain that passed by to the north again, but we didn’t get any here. In 100-degree heat, the rain we’ve had doesn’t last long.

“This whole area is pretty dry, though there has been some more rain to the north. If we get some decent rains on the soybeans, we can still have some kind of respectable yield. The corn crop is probably hurt beyond repair. Beans still have a chance if we get some late-season rains.”

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