It is not unusual to see or meet horses on the highways of northern Indiana, but usually they are pulling a buggy or a piece of farm equipment. Sometimes the grass is greener on the other side of the fence. So, Monday evening, toward sunset, some motorist traveling northbound encountered a runaway horse that had pushed through the state highway fence and escaped on a six-mile run as it trotted down U.S. 31 into oncoming traffic. Local police gave the horse an escort until a trailer arrived, so it could be caught and loaded up to be returned to its owner.

The first half of this past week brought colder weather, monsoons and gusty winds. We measured little over 2 inches of rain, while areas to the south received upwards of 4-plus inches. Michael Barnhart of Bourbon was pictured on the local news channel giving paddleboat rides from a nearby soybean field. Very little, if any, field activities took place this past week. The only thing growing in the fields are weeds, lakes and the mosquito population. Some fence row clearing and fence building took place. The Yellow, Tippecanoe and Kankakee Rivers have crested and may rise again as this upcoming week is predicting additional rainfall.

By midweek, we saw warmer temps with a glimpse of sunshine. Saw few fields of rye being used for pasture and others that were in windrows in the Argos area. Hay supplies in southern Michigan and northern Indiana are hard to find, much like dry straw. It was a beautiful weekend of sun and warmth, so I visited PotatoCreekState Park in North Liberty and covered little over six miles of trails and saw a lot of visitors with plastic bags of mushrooms – unfortunately, I didn’t find a one.

Thank you to Ms. Jesi Furness, the adviser of LaPorte FFA, for inviting me to their banquet. So exciting to see this chapter growing and getting involved in so many areas of agriculture. I also met with Mr. and Mrs. Harold Parker and Larry Smith of LaPorte. They said the seed corn and tomato companies want to get things planted, but recent rains have kept them out of the fields. The LaPorte County Draft Horse Association held their plow day today at the Door Prairie round barn located on U.S. 35. On Sunday afternoon, I found myself holding my breath as I traveled across our fields with the gator as I checked field conditions. I think we will give the fields more time to dry out.

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