Berryton, Kan.

We are finally done with normal field work. Late rounds of Liberty went on a few fields of beans, finishing on July 30 ahead of the rain, and then the rain ... oh my.

I feel terrible for the people south of Lawrence. Floods, a tornado, and more floods. A friend of mine shared a photo of water halfway up a house. Any inconvenience I suffer from the weather cannot compare to that.

Most of our corn was late, our beans are far behind schedule, and the weeds have put up a constant fight, but at the end of all that our corn is largely looking better than what I’m seeing in pictures from the eastern Corn Belt (yield expectations aside). Of all the abnormalities of this year, that is the one that surprises me the most.

Considering we just parked the sprayer, I’m having trouble believing that corn harvest won’t be far away. Once we start, it will definitely be spread out. The corn planted around Easter is quickly approaching black layer. The mid-May corn is filling out. The June corn has finished pollinating. The beans are all blooming, and the rains have helped keep them growing well. Disease and insect pressure overall is low. I’m optimistic for what harvest will bring.

Our four-year-old son got third place in his age group at the Shawnee County Fair pedal tractor pull and qualified for the state fair pull in Hutchinson. He was so very proud — mostly because he received a pin for the achievement!

Local basis levels: corn +.15, soybeans -.75, hard red wheat -.10. — Ryan Johnson