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Marc Schober is the editor of Farmland Forecast an educational blog devoted to investments in agriculture and farmland.
5-6 inches of rain only equate to crop deteriation, especially in beans also takes top end off corn in standing water.
One thing to remember, the 5 year averages have been warped due to the flooding in 08, and continued rains in 09. That puts the late finish to the bean crop in even more context. In addition, take a look at the rain charts for IA, IL, and IN for the past couple of days. I don't know any bear who can argue that 5-6" of rain is beneficial to corn.