Rain — that was the topic much of last week. Unlike a year ago, we are doing well this year. Rain around us seems to be spotty and, while not heavy, is keeping the ground and crop nourished. We wouldn’t mind it to continue as the subsoil doesn’t have a lot of moisture to get us through too many 90-degree hot dry days. The frequent rains we have been getting have dramatically slowed down soybean spraying for us. While we are getting just tenths of rain at a time, areas surrounding us are getting heavier rains with several flash flood warnings.

While we did get our 40 acres of wheat in, we have yet to bale the straw. Luckily, we did not windrow it and are hoping once again that it will get baled this week. It has lost the beautiful golden color I love, but will still keep the livestock warm and dry this winter, so we will just wait for it to dry and bale it. I really don’t have any valid statistics, but the rain has really slowed down wheat harvest throughout the area, with my guess being between 30 percent and 40 percent completed, really pushing back the planting of double-crop beans. We don’t plant double crops, but the rain is also slowing down hauling manure.

Our first planting of corn will shoot tassels late this week, and hopefully we will be able to find some good enough for the kids’ 4-H crop projects due at the end of the week. Speaking of which, 4-H judging week is upon us — prayers for my sanity are always welcome. We will be moving the calves into the fairgrounds this Sunday and spend the next seven days camped out in our temporary home in the southwest corner of the cattle barn at the Johnson County Fair. If you’re in the area, it is a fantastic fair, so please stop by and see us.