June is a great month in the cropping year. We entered this month in 2009 with cooler weather and a bit on the dry side. This dry weather allowed farmers to get the first crop of alfalfa up with little or no rain for the first time in years. Since the first week of June we have received a lot of rain and the corn and soybeans have really taken off. I heard an anecdotal report of an area farmer who placed a yardstick in his cornfield and reported that the corn had grown 6 inches in a 24 hour period. That is truly remarkable and is indicative of corn's ability to grow rapidly when conditions are right.