For the first time in six weeks, I’m providing an update without
measurable rainfall for our area. Even without rain, the cooler-than-average temperatures
have allowed for adequate subsoil moisture to remain present beneath the
canopy, and crop conditions are very good.
We made our second aerial scouting tour of the season, and the
corn’s color and evenness is excellent. Soybeans have made positive strides
over the last two weeks also, growing through some of the early unevenness and
yellow tint. Visibly, the corn crop’s conditions were unchanged; the soybean
crop definitely improved.
I had the opportunity to spend last week with the National Corn
Growers Association in Washington,
D.C. As Ted shared last week,
discussing NCGA’s policy positions were the primary focus, but we carried those
messages to the Hill. My team’s primary talking points were preserving the
Renewable Fuel Standard, upgrading locks and dams through the user fees for the
Inland Waterways Trust Fund and expressing concern regarding the Environmental
Protection Agency’s expansion of regulatory authority under the Clean Water
Act. The congressional visits were all positive. I left with the feeling that
we must continue to share the positive strides our industry has made in
stewardship and production practices.