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Kevin Raber

Kevin Raber farms near Browns in Wabash County. He is an original Cropwatcher.


Rainfall amounts of around .5 of an inch fell Wednesday afternoon and evening. There were enough dry days for most of us to complete wheat harvest and double-crop bean planting. Most of my wheat yielded in the 75-bushel range with test weights of 54 to 58. The earliest planted corn is beginning to tassel.


Rainfall of more than 4.5 inches fell last week. There were and still are a lot of flooded fields. Rain came so fast that it made washes in gravel roads. Some creeks, streams and ditches have receded, but several are still above flood. I'm sure many acres will be replanted. It may be too late to replant corn by the time it dries up. Wheat harvest will start as soon as the ground dries.


Last week, I reported that we received 3 inches of rain. Another 2 inches fell after that. It didn't take long to go from too dry to too wet. Warm days with low humidity has dried us out, but there are still water-logged areas. Spraying beans and top-dressing corn have resumed in the last few days.


I dumped almost 3 inches of rain out of my gauge Thursday evening. Rain during several days allowed most of the moisture to soak in with little runoff. Both corn and beans look good after a good soaking. Rain and wind was a little rough on the wheat. There are down spots in all of my fields. My wheat is fairly short, so I was surprised that it could go down.