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
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outdated.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
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.