We left for family vacation on Friday. I’ve got a sore neck from having it turned sideways for 1,100 miles. Now, we are in Colorado, enjoying the great Rocky Mountains. Along the way, we saw some good-looking fields with a lot of problem acres. Drowned-out spots and yellow corn were very common in Illinois and Iowa. Iowa also had bare spots or poor plant stands on the side hills. It was that way across the entire state. Eastern Nebraska looked OK, but lots of irrigators were running west of Grand Island.

Back home, we are still very wet. As of June 28, I have recorded 8.05 inches of rainfall for the month. Hopefully, July rains come because I have seen wet Junes turn dry in July. This was the case in 1975 and 2000.

Some of the early-planted soybeans are in the R1 stage. When they get to R3 in a few weeks, we will start spraying a fungicide and insecticide, along with another shot of liquid manganese. I feel most, if not all, soybeans need manganese to reach a high yield level. Remember, rain doesn’t always make grain — it’s all about timing.