Sun and breeze — it sure does feel good to type those words. A majority of the hay in the area was cut to be made in the past five days, including our own. I’m hoping ours is dry enough to bale later today since there is a 25% chance of rain tonight and 65% chance tomorrow. There were a few light showers in the area, but nothing that stopped work for more than overnight, and we were lucky enough to have them dissipate before they reached us.
We have been able to get more planted, but are noticing wet spots in fields in places we don’t normally see water. A few springs running that haven’t ran in many years, soft spots in side hills in places I don’t recall being wet, water sitting in waterways or pockets in fields are all part of the fun this spring. It’s especially fun when the top dries off after the strip-till bar or the soil finisher has been through and you can’t see what you are getting into with the planter. I did get the must-have sweet corn in the ground this week, too — there’s no way we would take prevent plant on sweet corn at this place.
The earlier planted corn is looking good. I’ve seen a few beans coming up in my limited travels this past week, and they are looking good, as well. There are some fields that were mudded in and could use a small, light shower to soften the ground back up to help emergence and early growth.
Looking for things to do the next few weeks? MakeStephensonCounty your destination! The Stephenson County Ag Breakfast is June 22 at the Stephenson County Fairgrounds. Sunday, June 23, is Dairy Appreciation Day in downtown Freeport. The day kicks off with a dairy themed parade at 1 p.m., followed by a tractor show and Family Day/Dairy Appreciation special at the historic Union Dairy ice cream parlor next to the Lincoln-Douglas debate site.
Also mark your calendars for Light the Night Freedom Fest 2019 that will start with a demolition derby at 1 p.m. and culminate with fireworks at dusk. There are vendors, bands, great food, games and activities for the whole family at the Stephenson County Fairgrounds on Saturday, July 6.
The following week is the Stephenson County Fair, July 9-13. This year, the fair will have Youth Night with Pro Bulls and Barrels; FMX Motocross Thrill Show; two days of pulling fun with the Midwest Summer Nationals, including super semis, street stock trucks and a farm tractor class; and close the fair out with rising country stars Tyler Rich, Brown & Gray and Back Country Roads. The popular racing pigs will be back as a free on-grounds act and all the fair food you can imagine along with great entertainment in the Entertainment and Rest Tent free with your gate admission. Discounted tickets and packages are available at the fair office or by phone during business hours through June 22. Get out there and support agriculture in your community!