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.
We had 4.8 inches of rain last weekend during three violent storms. Reports ranged from 3 to as much as 11.5 inches. Some flooding, roads and flood fences washed out, and we had a tile line outlet to repair. Corn has the ground shaded so the moisture will not evaporate as fast. Driving in a three-county area I would rate corn as 90 percent excellent. Some second-crop alfalfa is being chopped. June is Dairy Month, so Drink Milk!!
A dry week here with some scattered showers in other areas. We finished first-crop hay, all without rain. Sprayers are working in both corn and soybeans. Some corn is now 36 inches tall. With its fast growth, it becomes very vulnerable to wind storms. Let’s pray that does not happen. Rye and wheat fields look good and have a white look. Oats are starting to head.
A hot week with temps in the 90s. Hay cured in 24 hours, so we kept baling. With hay supplies low, it is very important to make quality forage this year. GDU at 535, a gain of 173 for the week. A .1 of an inch of rain on the 25th and .3 on the 30th brings May total to 3.65 inches. Post-spraying and some sidedressing on corn. Bean spraying has not started in this area.