Hi, Jennifer Campbell here from Johnson County. My husband and I farm along with his parents and our three kids. We raise corn, soybeans and wheat and have a farrow-to-finish hog operation. We also have a “herd” of 4-H cows and calves — no need for ear tag numbers since we know them each by name!

Knee-high by the Fourth of July — that has always been one of my favorite sayings, but with the way corn grows nowadays, it seems to be outdated. Driving down the road with the kids the other day, one of them said that, and it occurred to me this might be the year to get some use out of this saying. But the last two weeks, it seems like you can almost hear the corn growing around here.

There has been a lot of sidedressing being done and a whole lot of corn spraying. Now that corn work is getting caught up, bean spraying has started, as well. I heard someone say the other day that we seem to be about three weeks behind normal — my question is: What is normal anymore?

The soybeans don’t seem to be growing as fast as the corn, but I think with a few of those Indiana sunny, humid, hot days, they will really take off. There was a little bit of replanting soybeans, mostly spotting in. Some rain — more than a tenth of an inch at a time — would be helpful, but definitely no drenching downpour floods, if we get to choose.

I am sure a lot of families in Johnson County are getting ready for the fair, which is a little less than a month away. I wish my kids would join them. As usual, we are pushing getting projects done down to the wire.

We’re looking forward to wheat harvest here in central Indiana. From what I have heard, most people are looking at 10 days to two weeks until the wheat is ready. I don’t really have any statistics, but driving around, there seems to be quite a bit more wheat than the last few years. I can’t wait to see the combines moving through the fields, followed by balers chucking out bales of fresh golden straw.

I’m looking forward to the opportunity and excuse to drive around Johnson and surrounding counties to see what is going on, watch the crops grow and give my view on an industry that I love.