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7/10/13 -- McLean County, Illinois: Just home from a trip to New York. North route had great corn all the way east, where as the soybeans had many yellow spots and were late in maturity. The south route also had good corn with no breaks until Champaign, IL. and then water damage. The soybeans showed late maturity and some water damage. At home the corn is just showing the tassel leaves on the first 20% and then the rest will pollinate the last week of July. The present rating is 9 (scale of 1 to 10) as we received a nice rain today of 1.3 - 2.7 inches. The soybeans have been average but they don`t like wet feet. Many blights will be coming since the tomatoes are now demanding spraying for blights. The soy rating is still 8 with varying development locally.
7/10/13 -- Shelby County, Ohio (west central): Heavy storm just went through the area. It rained .84 inches in fifteen minutes. Saw no hail. Corn was just starting to tassel and looking beautiful. Very high winds shreaded leaves and broke many stalks off at about 3 feet high. Can't recall ever seeing this here in Ohio in the past 60 years.