As I write this, it’s a beautiful day! We spent the morning outside looking at our research plots and spent the afternoon looking at pictures, going over data we recorded, and of course the weather.
Crazy how the weather changes from town to town and even field to field! Here’s a look at what the weather has been doing around the corn belt this week.
Reporting from North Central Illinois, our sales agronomist Eric Johnston, says the area he farms south of Interstate 80, near Princeton needs RAIN!!! They’ve had one inch of rain in the past 30 days and two inches before that. The average precipitation for the last five years between January 1 and now is 18 inches. This year they’ve only had 9 inches. Please send any rain our way!! A lot of the customers he works with in Northern Illinois have had an adequate supply of rain.
Reporting from Davis County, Iowa, our sales agronomist Ken Musselman, says field work has resumed after more than two inches of rain. Cultivation has began on organic corn with the best potential at this stage. In Porter County, Indiana, Musselman says they keep missing the promised rain showers. They’re one third done with side dressing.
Reporting from Southwest Nebraska, our sales agronomist Mike Wyatt, says the weather has turned to normal temps, upper 80’s and low 90’s. Precipitation has become an occasional thunderstorm covering small areas. A hot, dry weather pattern is setting up.
Reporting from Southern Indiana, our sales agronomist Ray Roettger, says field work finally began again about noon on Tuesday after a rainy weekend. According to the forecast it’s going to be good through this week. Temperature is in the upper 70’s and low 80’s-90’s through the weekend. Crops in the area are half done to three quarters done. Fifty miles north and northwest of them are finished, on the lighter ground.
Reporting from Wisconsin, our sales agronomist Gary Campbell, says it’s wet if you had storms last weekend. With forcecast for highs in the 90’s coming up, the drier spots will start to show stress and really need a drink. In Central Michigan and Northwest Ohio, some areas are finally finishing up planting after several weeks of damp conditions.
And with that, here’s to another week of watching your crops grow!
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