Doggone It

My Generation

Rain falls again, spotty across Illinois.

Published on: May 27, 2009

“I’m going to get all but about two passes done here and it’s going to cut loose,” my husband forecasted, a little pessimistically. He was planting a small patch on the backside of a field, and I’d brought him lunch. But he wasn’t exactly right – he had more than two passes left when the rain started to fall.

 

windshieldLike a lot of Illinois farmers, we got a lot of corn in the ground over the Memorial Day weekend. As of Monday, May 18, only 20% of Illinois’ corn crop had been planted. By Tuesday the 26th, 62% was in the ground. And I’d venture to bet that a large percentage of that went in on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and maybe even Sunday and Monday, depending on how the spotty showers fell. My husband, John, put in 300 acres on Friday alone.

 

Showers fell here on Memorial Day. We’d dried out enough by late Tuesday morning to head back to the field, only to get rained out at noon. Now we’re waiting; waiting on the sun to shine, waiting to plant some more corn. It’s looking better for the rest of the week and weekend, and it sure would be nice to get it all in before the calendar reads June. We’ll see.

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