We had nice weather for the crops and county fairs this past week. Temperatures were warm, but not overly hot. The rain came this week on Saturday night and Sunday morning. We received about 0.75” at our place. This rain was good for the cover crops seeded down the end of July into prevent plant acres. I did notice a couple isolated pockets of what looked like green snap from a distance as I was driving down the road after the storms passed through.

It’s getting darker and louder out as I am typing. Looks and sounds like another round of rain is coming this morning, although the forecast is for most of the heavy and more severe weather to stay to the south of us. Third crop alfalfa should be cut and baled this week at our place. It would be nice if mother nature cooperates and gives us a few days of dry, sunny weather with a nice breeze to get hay cut, dry, baled and into the shed without rain on it.

I would guess from the lack of planes in the sky the past few days that the fungicide applications are caught up and finished for the year. Corn is looking good and healthy for its growth stage. I picked a few ears and pollination looked even. Soybeans are setting pods and filling. It will take timely rains and heat to get these crops finished off and mature this year. An early frost would not be a good thing.

One unique event in the area is happening in Mt.Morris and finishes up this Sunday, Aug. 25. The U.S. National Straw Sculpting Competition is finishing up its third annual event. There is a nice of Swing Jazz at the band shell Friday night. Saturday is the Straw Fest Day full of activities such as blacksmith demos, mechanical bull riding, straw bale races, square dance, awards presentation to winning sculptures and bluegrass band from noon until 8:30 p.m. at various locations in downtown Mt.Morris. It’s worth the drive to check out what these artists have created with straw.

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