Whew! The 2013 county fair is officially in the books. Despite many hours spent at the fairgrounds this week, I was able to sneak a few crop progress assessments of the drive-by variety. I once heard an agronomist refer to this same activity as a 60 mph agronomic survey. I laughed at the time, but now I have come to see it as a valuable tool.

I swear most of the corn has shot up a foot this week, and 40 percent to 50 percent of fields are in tassel. Some fields have some wet spots with stunting noticeable, but a majority of the corn can be rated good or very good. Soybean fields are beginning to reach reproductive stages and show full canopy. The majority of dry days this week have also allowed producers to get another cutting of hay into the barn.

As I write this, most of the county is getting its first decent rain of the week. I know many are enjoying that change in pattern, but the state climatologist expects us to return to the wet pattern in the next few days. I guess the saying goes: “We’ll wait and see.”