I should probably clear up the confusion from last week’s report: I didn’t tear out my own fence. It was my neighbor with his anhydrous tool-bar. I’m sure you all have that one neighbor that cannot gauge the width of their equipment, or they have no respect for a neighbor’s property. This year has been a wild ride. If it’s not rainy, humid and muddy, it’s sunny and windy and marginal at best. I did manage to get all the corn and soybeans sprayed within a two-day window, before temperatures plummeted to what felt like a taste of winter. Windchills midweek hovered around upper 40s with a blowing, cold rain out of the west. I’m so glad we are done with first cutting. A few guys tried to make hay this past week that was either rained on earlier or they had hopes of making it dry, but had to wrap it as we only see 24- to 36-hour windows for making hay in northern Indiana. Here we are encroaching mid-June. I believe we will see dry hay prices soar, as it’s been a challenge for hay making.

I had the opportunity to help Dale Dutoi and my friend, Zach Triplet, with some tillage work this past week as they battled wet field conditions. I couldn’t believe how much wetter the northeastern portions of St. Joseph County were compared to us. My thoughts and prayers go out to the farmers that are still trying to plant crops and cope with the negative effects of the weather and the markets. I believe it is important to check on our area farmers and listen to their concerns and show them our support and volunteer to help in any way we can. It has been an emotional rollercoaster for them and many others that have yet to plant anything. We must continue to pray for farmers across the Midwest and right here in Indiana that are taking their own lives daily as they are battling financial hardships while trying to come to grips with the farm income losses they have experienced this past year or longer as they are concerned how they will provide for their families.

Saturday, I drove down to Rochester New Holland for set of knives for our NH 1409 discbine and chatted with salesman Dan Snipes to see what kind of summertime deals he had going on. Fulton County Power Show had a rough start with rain over the Father’s Day weekend. Bremen’s Fireman’s Festival and parade is this coming week, and the St. Joseph County Fair is right around the corner from June 28-July 6. Show your support to your local 4-H fair and its members.

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