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Boone County

Marshall Newhouse

Marshall Newhouse farms with his wife and daughter’s family. They grow corn, soybeans, wheat and hay, and raise pastured turkeys for the Thanksgiving market. They have just started organic production on a 72-acre field.


My previous 3.1 inch report was a welcomed rain. This week, friends have reported up to an additional 9 inches, while my gauge added 4.3 inches. Saturated soils have been unable to hold any more water. Creeks and rivers have been way outside their banks for multiple days. Adjacent corn to those waterways have doubled over, but hopefully will be able to get back upright with any dry stretch. Conversely, crops on sloping or well-drained ground are looking quite good. I really don’t like to complain about too much rain, so I’ll suggest it might be too much of a good thing.


Last week, two gauges on the farm measured 1.25 and 3.1 inches. The top end in the county was in the 5-plus area. For us, there were very few ponding areas and no hail. Stories are circulating about huge hail 50 miles west of us, but we enjoyed a great rain. Crops are responding with good growth and darkening color.


A quarter of an inch of rain fell Tuesday and the timing was perfect, as we were just about ready to dust off the cultivator to work in stabilized urea in cornfields that had sat for six days. This is the time of year when the grandkids are running for cover. We’re walking the fields on either side of a wagon, while carrying a 5-gallon bucket and picking up fresh rocks on some of the rolling fields. With this last up-close look at the beans, I’m pleased with the stands. First-cutting hay is all up. Oatlage has been chopped, and sidedressing corn seems to be in the final push.


The heat for four days was typical July, just six weeks early. Remnants of Alberto dropped 1.1 inches in about two hours Wednesday. We finished planting beans in thigh-high rye. What a beautiful seedbed. We’ll see how the season unfolds. Sidedressing corn seems to be the order for most everyone interested in applying a second nitrogen shot. Corn is getting a dark green look. Beans are emerging within four days. Wheat will be headed out within the week. Sagging markets suggest everyone has some reasonably good growing conditions.