Well, these seem to all be starting off the same way lately — rain, mud, little sunshine and back to rain. We got started last week on prepping equipment for wheat harvest. We are probably still 10 days out from cutting, but still need to be ready to go. Seems like no matter how much cleaning we do on combines, we never can get them clean like they are when they’re new. For the most part, it is not taking us much to be ready — little grease, replace all the sickle sections, few cutter bar guards and we’re pretty well ready to go.

The guys have been busy cleaning equipment up from planting. Seems to be an adequate amount of mud to remove this year. The crops are beginning to suffer some due to all the rain we have received over the last two weeks. We have reached saturation, and it’s beginning to drown out areas and choke off oxygen to the good ground. Generally, the tiled ground is holding on better than non-tiled, but it’s all struggling some. We are not as wet as some guys still, though. I traveled down to Gosport to help a friend clean up from a tornado that hit his place. Luckily, it spared the house, but the buildings are mostly all gone. While there, I got to see the security camera footage from the neighbors of the tornado. Those forces of nature are a true marvel. Thank goodness no one got hurt and all the stuff can be replaced.

On my way down there and on my way to Fishers at the end of the week, it is saddening to see all the unplanted or flooded fields. What crops I did see were nothing great anyway. Even with a less than average crop, I still feel blessed to have what we have. We do have more rain in the forecast, but we’re hopeful it’s gonna slow down some in coming days. This would be nice to help the wheat mature and let us get what little hay we have mowed and baled.

The good news is it’s county fair time. Time to start gorging yourself on all the fried foods and random stuff they sell. Also good time to get out and see some neighbors and friends. Hopefully, we all get the chance to get out and enjoy ourselves for an evening or two, while checking out what all the 4-H and FFA kids have been working on the last few months.

Also if you have received a ballot from the Indiana Soybean Alliance on the directors election, I would like to ask you to vote for my father, Phil Ramsey. He has enjoyed his time helping to promote soy usage along with helping to guide the money spent wisely.

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