I’ve been receiving phone calls and messages from readers across the United States from an article that was submitted to Farm & Ranch Living by one of our lady huskers, Lois Hoffman. If you get a chance, read it. She did a great job.
Northern Indiana farmers that planted crops in April prior to heavy rains or those with early varieties were making progress in the fields with corn and soybean harvest. D & L Drainage said the ditching machine was pulling hard as they laid tile near the jobsite, and very little moisture was seen at 5 feet. One farmer said he’d like to see just enough rain to settle the dust as they’d been chopping corn silage for three weeks and the fields look like a dust bowl.
Winter wheat was sewn on several preventive plant acres in the area prior to the heavy rains. Monday through Friday, we had cool mornings and evenings with a gradual warm-up throughout the day. Friday afternoon, severe storms moved in with heavy rains, hail, lightning and strong winds, cancelling area high school football games and knocking out power to parts of St. Joseph and Elkhart counties.
By Saturday morning, it was still raining, leaving us with 5 inches of rain, but that afternoon, the sun would shine. Sunday morning, we woke up to steady light rain, which switched to heavy rain by noon, giving us another inch. The rain gauge and the swimming pool were running over. Luckily, we had a 5-gallon bucket under the bulk feed bin to measure rainfall. We totaled up 6.25 inches over the weekend.
The Northern Indiana Historical Power Association in Valparaiso featured John Deere this weekend. Unfortunately, the three-day show saw heavy rains and lightning early Friday afternoon cut their show short that day, which would eventually spoil their show over the weekend. My thoughts are with them as I understand how much work goes into an event, just to have Mother Nature pull the plug.
We do delay our corn husking contest for lightning, but we will have our contest no matter what, even if it’s raining. We may have to resort to all horses if it continues to rain, but we hope to have six horse teams and a few tractors pulling wagons. We also have a gentleman from Nappanee that plans to bring a ground-driven corn stomper. Area equipment dealerships plan to bring equipment to display for visitors. We will have farm animal petting and kids’ activity area and a local church is providing food.