Rain may make grain, but it also makes ponds, and for some farmers, it is getting downright hard to swallow because of the damage it is causing this growing season. Our immediate area was spared the heaviest precipitation this past go-round, but just west of us within the county I saw firsthand downed corn in standing water that was sure to parboil in the next day’s 90-degree heat. And in the counties south of us, well, I’m not entirely certain everything had even gotten planted in order to get drowned out, which makes it harder for me to say our corn is thriving.

As soon as it dries up, area sprayers will be going through the beans. I sure am glad Bart got ours sprayed before the rains set in. Our beans look clean, and that makes my heart glad. If I was forced to go back to walking beans, I think I would run away — temporarily anyway. I asked our good friend and local crop manager, Ryan Buckler, what the biggest weed concerns in our area bean fields are this year, and without hesitation, he said, “Marestail and waterhemp.”

A particular problem in marestail is its height — even though the top portion withers, the bottom portion continues to thrive. Should you end up with mature marestail or waterhemp, you might just want to dust off your ol’ weed hook, considering each weed can produce 200,000 and more than 1 million seeds per plant, respectively. Mix those seeds with some wind and even a hint of a less-than-perfect plan for next spring and guess what? Note: Dear Bart, please keep the red chev runnin’ and sprayn’ — there simply isn’t a weed hook made that fits in my hand. Love, Glenna.

My father-in-law’s wheat field in Coles County was harvested over the weekend and yielded 75 bushels per acre at 16 percent moisture. Besides being a little weedy and having to work around some spotty showers, Bart and his dad, Pete, were pleased with the yields on the light timber soil. They even managed to get the double-crop beans drilled before — you guessed it — the next heavy shower moved through. Our two other wheat fields are ready as soon as the sun shines.

And if you are ready for a distraction, join Kenny Wallace on his “Corn Ethanol Performs” summer dirt track racing tour July 11 at the Macon Raceway or July 12 at the Kankakee County Speedway. Come out to the Macon Raceway — we might just rub shoulders. I’ll be wearing my Illinois Corn Growers Association hat that night. Please contact me at mfexpress@hughes.net. I have so enjoyed the feedback.