Mark Dowden- August 6, 2012

“I think we’ve had almost seven inches of rain on some of our farms in the last few weeks. It may help the corn a little and it is sure doing the beans a lot of good. The pods are really starting to swell up.

“We’re getting a lot of weeds. I am afraid we’re going to have to go back out and spray some spots. We don’t want to go back through the beans again but we have to spray our double-crops yet anyways. We’ve seen some spider mites but we keep getting rains that knock them back a little bit. We’ve found a lot of four bean pods and I think we’re really going to be surprised with some of these soybeans.

“We had really good pollination in the corn, but with the dry weather it started cutting back on the tips. I think that, with this rain, the kernels are filling out a little more. I think we’re going to shell some 20-bushel corn and I think we’re going to shell some 200-bushel corn. I hope we can get in the 125-bushel or 150-bushel range for an average.

“We planted early and we’re hoping to get to run some in early September and get some higher prices. We’ll just have to see what happens. We aren’t going to push harvest too hard unless it looks like the stalks are falling apart. We had that wind awhile back and it leaned the corn over a little bit. With the stress it has been under we are wondering whether it is going to be weak this fall. If it gets weak, we’ll get it out of there. We’re happiest with the soybeans right now, but I can’t complain too much about the corn. With what it has gone through, it really seems to be better than you’d think.”

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