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Doug Longfellow, Darke County, July 22

“We got maybe a tenth this morning and the rain was very spotty over the weekend. We had an inch total, but it ranged everywhere from a tenth to 1.5 inches. We’re still on the dry side here. The beans love this but the corn could use another shot of rain. We’ll take what we’ve got, but we would love a little more rain.

“On our fields, most of our corn had some pretty big spots where the corn laid over sideways from the wind. It rebounded really well. We were kind of sick after it, but were really surprised how well it came back. We didn’t have green snap and there were not really any flat fields in this area. I would say there was less than 3% to 5% yield loss around here from wind damage.

“We need to keep scouting. I was over all of our bean acres last week and I did not see any insects at that point. We put fungicide on to make sure we don’t get disease problems on these foggy, wet mornings. We sprayed all of our corn by plane and I sprayed all of our soybeans. This was one of those years where we thought we’d better give it all we’ve got to make sure we can get the best crops we can get. Everybody still has really high yield hopes, but we need continuing moisture.

“The wheat got all wrapped up in this area. It all came off fine and we didn’t really see quality problems. The yields were average to above average and everybody was really pretty happy with the wheat crop.

“We’re going to experiment with some cover crops this fall. I think we’re going to try 100 acres of annual rye and clover before corn and another 100 acres of annual rye before beans. We just want to ease into this and take our time to see what we learn.”

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