A dry week has put real stress on the crops on lighter soils -- white leaves, shivering stalks and poor ear development. Some soybeans are dying. Rye and wheat are being cut and straw baled. Some new-crop potatoes have been dug. We finished second-crop alfalfa without rain. Spray planes are applying fungicides.
The month started with .3 of rain Sunday and .1 on the Fourth delaying fireworks. I have never seen so much corn in the tassel and silk stage by the Fourth of July. There are some yellow spots on clay points, but this crop looks good. Fungicide spraying should start this week if guys are going to spend more on the crop. We baled some second-crop alfalfa and the yield is down some, but we have much more to do. GDUs are at 1,308.
June rain total was 7.6 inches at my farm. GDUs are at 1,121. Corn is starting to show tassels and soybeans are blossoming, both looking excellent. There are Japanese beetles in my alfalfa, but I don't find many in the neighbor’s soybeans. I spent two days in the timber with a forester/logger harvesting black walnut trees. A very good education and profitable, with the IDNR receiving its 4 percent of the profit.
The ducks are swimming, as northern Illinois received heavy rains on the 18th. The Route 20 highway corridor received up to 8.5 inches. Bottom ground fields around Freeport were flooded to the top of corn, which is now above my head. On the 20th and 21st, 4 to 6 inches fell on other areas. I totaled 1.65 inches. Crops are still looking excellent.