By Matt Reese
The dry weather and heat are taking a heavy toll on crop conditions around the state.Just last week, things were grim on Chad Kemp’s Preble County farm.
“Our corn is four to five feet tall. The stands look great. The plants are there but they are in the pineapple stage curling up with the heat and no water,” said Chad Kemp, who farms in Preble County. “Soybeans never got a good start this year. They don’t have much height. The roots have gotten down far enough that they are starting to grow a little. Some of the smaller beans are flipping their leaves over and a lot of the stands came up unevenly.”
With just over half an inch of rain in the last month and a half, the roughy 1.5 inches of rain on the farm this weekend made a tremendous difference.
“We’re very concerned. It was getting to be pretty extreme,” Kemp said.… Continue readingRead More »