Tuesday evening through Wednesday evening saw 1.7 inches of rain drop on the farm. We had finished about half of the sidedressing and urea spreading and the timing for a shower could not have been better. For the majority of our county, that rain event was very appreciated. That was not the case in Boone's southeast corner, where field ponds are still at or near capacity. We will let a couple days go by before starting on the second half of the sidedressing. It’s an amazing thing to watch corn pop on the tight clays when the soil is stirred a little. Forty years ago, the "old guys" were telling me that stirring the soil should get as much credit as the fertilizer for creating the sudden growth after cultivating or sidedressing. On a side note … the Ninth Circuit Court is an interesting farming partner.  Nothing like a midseason curveball.