Rain, rain go away until the wheat is harvested and the beans are planted. This past week’s activities in southwestern Illinois have been concentrated on wheat harvest and double-crop soybean planting.

Light rains have been playing havoc with trying to get wheat harvested. So far, wheat yields have been running above average in the area, and test weights have been excellent up to this point. If rain showers continue, test weights may start to fall. Corn in the area is starting to look fairly well. It is growing at a rapid pace and has dark-green color to this point. The biggest concern is growing degree units are accumulating at a slow pace.

Full-season soybeans, for the most part, are all but done — about 99 percent of the acres have been planted. Stands are fair at this point. Corn and soybean pest watches have not yielded anything so far, but we are on the lookout for anything that might be coming our way.

Next week our county fair will start with 4-H exhibits and livestock shows and auctions. It is vital for America’s youth to participate in programs like 4-H to build the agriculture foundation for our future. We are also excited to see many local residents compete in the county tractor pull — whether green or red, it’s always exciting to watch the competition.