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Mike Lutmer, May 23

We’re enjoying the sunshine today. I got some fertilizer spread on Friday and it was just dry enough to where we could get in the field and it rained again. Some places got .4-inch and some places got .9-inch, so we’re still wet. I am hoping I can be back in the field tomorrow afternoon. Then there is a chance of showers Wednesday, Thursday and Friday into the weekend, but at least it looks like we’ll have some heat.

The corn I planted last Monday is starting to poke through. It has only been in the ground seven days and I’m pretty happy with that. We planted a field of beans right across from that corn last Tuesday or Wednesday and they have sprouted and will be pushing through the ground in the next two days.

I have only gotten a day of planting in. We still are in the front quarter of planting and just really getting started. I talked to a friend in Botkins and they haven’t planted anything yet on the east side of town. They should be planting today.

I am starting to worry a little, but we still have a good two weeks to get the corn in. As long as we get the heat units, I won’t get too bent out of shape. There is plenty of moisture there and if we get the heat everything should go.

There was a bunch of corn planted a month ago around Wilmington and there is some replanting going on already. You never know with Mother Nature. You have to take what you’re given and do the best you can.

The hay is prime to be cut and I am worried it will get overripe. If we can still get it cut in two weeks though I think we’ll still be OK. I don’t think we’ll have a big enough window to mow it now.

Hopefully the moisture cuts back a little for the wheat. If it looks like it will dry out, I don’t think we’ll need fungicide on the wheat. It looks pretty good but some of it is still pretty short.

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