It has been absolutely crazy in terms of weather this last week.
I had the opportunity to go the Illinois State Fair this past week helping my family with our show cattle this past weekend. Little did we know what was about to happen as we entered the ring to compete for Champion Angus Friday evening. A loud clap of thunder, followed by blackness and a torrential downpour. Within 10 minutes, the show got postponed and the fairgrounds were flooded. Never seen anything like it! Show supplies were floating out of the barn, power cords were under water, campers and trucks were nearly submerged. Complete chaos. It was a miracle no one was injured and all the cattle were okay. Talk about an exciting start to the Illinois State Fair. See the pics here.
Thankfully the rest of the Midwest didn’t see as much rain. Here’s a look at what our sales agronomists have been seeing this past week:
Ken Musselman: This week I’ve been traveling in Southeast Iowa through Northern Missouri, and on into Northeast Kansas. For the most part, they all were very dry in June and have gotten adequate to excess moisture since then. This week has been cooler; a welcome relief after all the hot weather. Crops are looking good, and some corn is within 2 weeks of maturity.
Mike Wyatt: Weather in Western Nebraska is very normal. Isolated thunder storms pop up in the late evenings. Hailed on one pivot of corn last night. Day temps are in the nineties, night temps are getting down into the upper fifties. That is usually a sign of seasonal change starting. We will need good rains for wheat drilling in mid-September.
Gary Campbell: Eastern and Central Wisconsin have been getting timely rains. The crops look very good and hay has been growing. Drier parts of Ohio and Michigan have received some rain in the past week, but need more.
Ray Roettger: We’ve had rain about everyday in Southern Indiana and Southern Illinois. It’s also been hot and wet. Northern Indiana has been on the dry side, but now has adequate moisture and crops are growing well. Central New York hasn’t had much rain, although they did receive some rain which has really helped the crops recover.
And with that, here’s to another week of watching your crops grow!
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