Growth: Recent rain was largely welcome in tillage fields but amounts were predictably variable. Our Sencrop weather stations showed from 1.3mm to 33mm in the past week but most of rain fell in the first few days of June. Temperatures remain on the low side and this has slowed both growth and flowering. What looked like an early harvest a few months ago is now looking like average to possibly late.

Flowering: While the past week provided reasonable to good conditions for flowering, the risk of ear blight infection remains real.