Had a surprise rain over the area Tuesday evening from 1 inch to 1.5 inches. Corn is at its peak for water usage, at over .3 of an inch per day. There is some good potential for corn here if we can catch some more timely rains and keep nighttime temperatures lower.
Fair week brought some much-needed rain to the county. Most everyone had 1 to 2 inches for the week. North and south of the county had greater amounts of rain. Planes were busy spraying fungicide on corn, as most of it is tasseling.
Rain continues to be spotty and sparse. The area is on the drought map, and just across the river has been increased to moderate drought. Japanese beetles are about as bad as they have ever been after getting a break from them last year. The Mercer County Fair starts Tuesday (July 11), and it usually brings up a rain.
No report this week.