I talked with a veteran farmer today. He received about half an inch of rain Thursday.
The rain helped his soybeans a little, he said.
“But we need a lot more rain in the next few days. And even if we get it, I don’t know how much good it would do. It’s just been too hot and too dry for too long,” he said.
He’s a positive guy, not prone to exaggeration or self pity, so his comments are a good sign that his crops have suffered.
I hope I’m wrong, but I suspect that what the farmer says about his soybeans will be true for a lot of area farmers this harvest.