April 21st soil preparation and planting began, fortunately several weeks prior fertilizer was able to be applied. Planters were going for 4 days and then rained out for 19 days. Each time we seemed to be within a day of returning to field another rain fell with widespread coverage. May 15th to 27 turned out to be slightly better averaging 50% of days suitable for fieldwork. Farmers were concerned that acres would never get planted but the saying goes that "Farmers will plant a crop" and that was true. From May 29th to June 3 planters were rolling from before dawn to much after dark with 18-20 hour days common. Optimum planting dates for corn would be the last week of April and I expect to see 75% of fields planted to corn in that time period instead of last week of may. We are one month behind from the start but not ready to throw in the towel at all.
Packera glabella or Butterweed