What a difference a year makes! The 2012 planting season was one of the earliest ever. By this time last year, almost everything was in the ground and we even had some corn emerging that had been planted in mid-April. Pea planting had started last year on March 28 and by now fields were well established and growing aided by the abundant rains we had during the month of May in 2012. The crop conditions by the first of June 2012 were excellent, but that changed as dry weather persisted until late August when some rain fell that helped salvage some pretty good yields around the area. Modern corn hybrids can tolerate very dry conditions, but still need plenty of warm sunshine to produce a good crop.