Paul Ralston, Hardin County, June 24

“In the southern part of the county they have been getting nice rains and the northern part of Hardin County they have had plenty of rain, but there is an area right in the middle that has not been getting some of these showers. We have been getting rain here, but just not as much as other parts of the county.

“We got 1.2 inches of rain yesterday and we needed it. We got an inch there two weeks ago, but it was getting dry again. I feel like we don’t have a lot of reserve moisture left in the soil. We’ve been getting tenths and we need to get more soakers so we have enough moisture if we go for a couple of weeks without rain.

“We walked some fields and sprayed some RyzUp SmartGrass last week on the corn. It is a Valent product that is a growth stimulator. It is something new we’re trying. We saw nice results with it last year and, if it does what it is supposed to do, it more than pays for itself.

“The corn is up to my thighs and it looks good. It just needs to keep raining. There is a nice root system there and it is doing well. Everything that I have been hearing is that guys are really happy with their stands in this area. There is a lot of optimism. Compared to the last couple of years, we are doing really well.”

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