We have had a week with no rain, and the crops are starting to stress. We have been over-blessed with moisture up to this point, and the crops are used to the rains. Mark actually commented this week that we need a rain. Hurricane Barry may provide a little relief the first of the week. We sure don’t need the 20 inches predicted for New Orleans, but we could benefit from the 1 1/2 to 3 inches they think we will receive.

I traveled to Danville on Tuesday to tape a segment for the Taste from Indiana Farms. I can’t say things looked great going up I-69 or on the backroads I took to get there. There was still a lot of water standing in fields, lots of unplanted acres and some very spotty planted fields with corn in all stages of growth.

We finished sidedressing all the corn this week and started applying fungicide to the first planted beans and corn. It is ironic that we can apply fungicide when we also have corn that is still just knee-high. It has been a hot week for the Gibson County Fair, but I’ve heard wonderful reports of how 4-H’ers have been helping one another during the fair. PoseyCounty’s fair will be wrapping up as you read this. We always count on one gully-washer rain during the fair. Maybe Mark will get his wish.

Until next week, find time for yourself. Read a good book, take a day with the grandkids to do something fun, treat your spouse to a special dinner, visit with your neighbor or elderly friend and just relax. You deserve it.

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