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Jimmy Ayers

Jimmy Ayers raises corn and soybeans on his farm near New City, which is five miles south of Rochester.


We received .4 of an inch of rain Sunday (July 16). Some areas received up to almost an inch and some received nothing. Some of the crops are responding very well with no moisture. Fungicides are being sprayed. Mowing hasn’t been a problem because grass hasn’t grown very much with the lack of moisture. Pretty dry in some areas. A lot of equipment is coming out of the shed to get ready for harvest.


Last week, we got anywhere from .5 of an inch to 1.5 inches of rain in scattered areas. Soybeans haven’t really grown at all. There are a few 30-inch rows that have canopied. Quite a few are getting the opportunity to respray beans. We all count on that canopy to take care of the later weed growth, and that’s not happening this year. The markets responded to the rain, apparently.


We didn’t receive any rain last week. It’s pretty dry in spots. Scattered showers of .5 to .57 of an inch of rain. Helped the crops tremendously. Corn has been tasseling. Earlier corn is fairly short, but pretty good. Some of the early-planted soybeans in 30-inch rows have canopied. Markets responded well. A little closer to reality.


No report this week.