For the first time in six weeks, I’m providing an update without measurable rainfall for our area. Even without rain, the cooler-than-average temperatures have allowed for adequate subsoil moisture to remain present beneath the canopy, and crop conditions are very good.

We made our second aerial scouting tour of the season, and the corn’s color and evenness is excellent. Soybeans have made positive strides over the last two weeks also, growing through some of the early unevenness and yellow tint. Visibly, the corn crop’s conditions were unchanged; the soybean crop definitely improved.

I had the opportunity to spend last week with the National Corn Growers Association in Washington, D.C. As Ted shared last week, discussing NCGA’s policy positions were the primary focus, but we carried those messages to the Hill. My team’s primary talking points were preserving the Renewable Fuel Standard, upgrading locks and dams through the user fees for the Inland Waterways Trust Fund and expressing concern regarding the Environmental Protection Agency’s expansion of regulatory authority under the Clean Water Act. The congressional visits were all positive. I left with the feeling that we must continue to share the positive strides our industry has made in stewardship and production practices.