Mark is back on U.S. soil and glad to be home. He feels it was a very successful trip and a great experience. Farming update for Seib farms is we got one day of planting in this week. Intermittent nightly rains with a prediction of up to 4 inches this past week have basically kept us stalled. Mark and I spent Saturday driving 250 miles around southwest Indiana delivering 4-H tenure plaques to the appropriate counties. We saw mostly wet fallow fields. We got excited every time we saw a stand of corn or beans, but they were few and far between.

Hay reports all over the area are that the quality is down, but there were plenty of big round bales dotting the landscape. The cows were all huddled Saturday, and sure enough, we came home in a downpour. We got an inch at home, but the ditches were all running and there was water across several roads.

The wheat crop is maturing, and now the concern comes about the rain affecting test weights. The agronomist we met with assures us that the wheat crop is in good shape. Greenhouse season will be in the final two days when you read this. It has been successful for Compton’s, but many gardeners are feeling the frustration, just like our fellow farmers.

I’m off to Indianapolis for a Farm Bureau meeting Monday. I hope by next week conditions are brightening up for many farmers who are still planting. Until then, stay safe and stay positive.

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