DIXON, Neb. — Temperatures reached the 90s in northeastern Nebraska, and crop watcher Martey Stewart said he was finally able to talk his wife Linda into turning on the air conditioning.

“Goodbye spring, hello summertime in northeast Nebraska,” he said.

While he and enjoyed the cool house, crops soaked in the heat.

“The old saying, ‘if you listen you can almost hear the corn growing’ comes to mind this week,” he said. “Local farmers, truckers and travelers say we have some of the best looking crops in the Midwest right here in northeast Nebraska.”

Corn on late-planted acres and fields that are over waist high have rooted down reaching nitrogen, showing beautiful color, Stewart said. Soybeans range from emerging to 6 to 8 inches, and looking great in most areas. Some low-lying areas remain unplanted.

The second cutting of hay is underway with reports of great yields and quality with great subsoil moisture to start regrowth. He’s seen many sprayers running and some fertilizing has he travels the area.

“Pastures are looking as good as I can remember for end of June,” Stewart said.

He recorded 1-3 inches of rain around his Dixon, Nebraska operation, coming in nice showers. Cooler temperatures and some rain was expected to return leading up to the Fourth of July weekend.

The Stewarts have been keeping busy watching grandkids play baseball, softball and showing livestock.

“We are truly blessed to have them all living close enough we have the opportunity to watch them compete and grow,” Stewart said.

He was looking forward to the Fourth of July gathering at his son Jeff’s house where there would be food, fellowship and fireworks “to celebrate the freedom we are all blessed with in the country.”

“Wishing everyone a safe and fun holiday and favorable weather as summer rolls along,” he added.