Parts of southern Indiana received another wave of rains
this week. With the Ohio River predicted to rise past flood stage this week,
some bottom ground will begin to flood. Soggy working conditions have kept wheat
harvest at about 75 percent completed. Flooding this late in the season is rare.
The good news is early yield reports are high, and an above-average yield is
Hand in hand with the delay in winter wheat harvest, we are
also behind in double-crop bean planting, as well. Yard and ditch mowing has
been especially spotty with the rains, and my husband jokingly stated he was
going to borrow the neighbor’s sheep to finish mowing this week.
Garden vegetables are coming on well. The first sweet corn
is arriving on shelves and at farmers markets, along with zucchini, squash,
green beans and tomatoes. The warm-yet-wet weather patterns have seen some
gardeners struggling with different fungi attacking garden crops.