It has certainly been a wet week! Over the last weekend, the county saw rain fall anywhere from 3 inches to nearly 6 inches of rain. We were fortunate that the rain came over a three to four day period. Until we received this rain, the ponds were looking than they ever had! Much of the lower areas in the fields now have light green or yellow beans. We had nearly 6 inches of rain in Sidney. We and some of the neighbors will have some ponds to replant when it drys out. The corn is currently chest high and mostly at the V9 growth stage. It will be hard to tell how the standing water will affect the corn, as it has been difficult to see how much water was standing in the field. The soybeans are knee high and starting to shade in the 15" rows well. The little bit of the wheat that is in the area is starting to turn. I would anticipate wheat harvest being here in just a couple of weeks.
Rain has continued to be very spotty. The southwest part of the county has continued to miss out on the majority of rainfall. Southwest of Sadorus has been especially dry. Yards and the crops remind me of a more typical dry period in July. I would say the majority of post-bean spraying has now occurred. Corn has completely shaded over the rows, as it continues to grow rapidly.
Last week was busy as sidedressing has mostly wrapped up along with post-application in corn. There has been some post-application starting in soybeans, but most will occur when we dry up. Nearly the entire county saw some rainfall Wednesday and Thursday. Sidney received 2.1 inches along with strong winds and light hail. On Memorial Day, between Rantoul and Dewey, they had a much worse case of wind and hail. Some soybean fields were decimated and corn torn to shreds. Much of the corn seems it will come out of it, but it is unknown for the beans. Hopefully, we can avoid more of the wind as we move along.