We had 1.8 inches of rain this week that came on four days. There is still some corn to plant, but a few fields of early corn are about shoulder high. Most of the corn, though, is just a few inches tall. There are a lot of beans to be planted in the area. The wheat has really turned this week — it looks like it is almost ready to harvest. The Mississippi River bottoms still have lots of water sitting on them, even though the crest will have passed by the time you read this.

Our rain for this week was 0.55 inches, and for the month of May we received 6.35 inches in 12 days. We finished planting our corn on May 20, and our beans on May 21. It sure speeds up planting to no-till. A lot of acres are getting planted around here. Some hay is getting put up, too, around the rains. The wheat is starting to change color quickly. Some fields have a golden color all across them. The Illinois Rural Heritage Museum in Pinckneyville had its 11th annual tractor drive today…

We had 1.5 inches of rain this week, and thankfully, so far, we have missed all the bad storms that have been around this spring. Early in the week, there were lots of corn and beans planted across the area. Most of the wheat is looking good, but disease is starting to show up on the leaves from the wet weather. I went to Bloomington on May 23, and the area around here seemed to be among the driest I saw all the way to Bloomington.

The weather has been a little drier this week, with only a quarter-inch of rain. During the past couple of days, quite a few fields of corn and beans were planted. There were a few farmers in the area who even managed to get some hay cut and put up. Since we missed some of the predicted rain this time around, there should be more field work done this week. I had a super special day on Tuesday, May 14, when I got to go on a veteran's Honor Flight to Washington, D.C.  I got to go with my b…

The weather continues to be wet. We got another inch of rain, spread over three weather events. The wheat is still looking good in spite of the rain; it’s mostly headed out now. About the only field work going on around here this week was more wheat getting sprayed via planes and helicopter, although a couple of farmers did get a little wheat sprayed with regular sprayers.  The early corn is looking pretty good — actually much better than expected.

Even though the sun is shining this morning (May 6) we had another rainy week. By May 5 we have had 3.1 inches of rain on top of 5 inches in April. The flooding on the Mississippi is forcing many farmers out of the bottoms. They are moving what they can to higher ground. We had a helicopter spray our wheat with fungicide over the weekend. It has been a challenge to even get lawns mowed with all the rain, let alone think about getting hay up.

The wet weather continued this past week. We had 1.8 inches of rain, but some areas not too far from us got 4 inches. Lots of water is starting to set in the fields. The corn we planted almost three weeks ago is getting green down the rows now. There are a few fields of beans planted just east of us, but we haven’t gotten any in the ground yet. The wheat is starting to head out the last couple of days. The wet ground and the high winds this past week has even kept farmers from getting an…

What a perfect Easter we have had here in Southern Illinois! This past week we had 0.8 inches of rain. All field work is pretty much shut down for a while. The corn that was planted is starting to come up. The wheat is still looking really good. Morel mushrooms are at their peak right now around here. There is a big maple seed crop again, so we will see if the old saying about that being a sign of a big corn crop also is true.

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