Once the rain shut off in early June, crops improved drastically. Some corn in the Dixon area was nearly a foot tall while other fields were just emerging, Nebraska crop watcher Martey Stewart reported. Early planted soybeans were looking good, too, he said.

Northeastern Nebraska had about a half inch of rain leading up to Father’s Day and an inch the week before that.

Floaters were out in the field spraying crops all weekend, Stewart said, and chemical plants were open even on Sunday.

Pasture conditions were excellent.

“Most cattle have gone to pastures and are happy to be out of the muddy conditions that lasted so long,” Stewart said.

The first cutting hay crops in areas that didn’t winter kill were really good, he said, and new seeding alfalfa was looking good. Demand for hay is strong this year, with very little carryover hay from the harsh winter and late spring.

“Enjoy the beginning of summer, it will slip by in a hurry,” Stewart said.