Farmers in the field planting corn By MIKE CORN

CAMPUS — The fields are alive … with the sound of tractors.

Busily planting corn, of course.

And for Scott Maurath, he’s got about a third of his corn crop already in the ground.

“Getting a good start, really,” he said.

Piloting a John Deere tractor pulling a 24-row planter, Maurath was ready to make quick work of a piece of ground east of Campus.

Conditions are good, he said, but in need of rain.

“Never enough,” he said of moisture, “but it’s going in the ground good.”

So far, he’s pretty happy with the condition of this year’s wheat crop.

“It’s looking pretty good,” he said. “There’s some rust issues coming around.”

And that’s sending spray planes up in the air, applying fungicides to halt the spread of the disease.

“Overall, we’re dry,” Maurath said. “You see some dry spots in the field.”

But the dry conditions pale compared to a year ago when drought gripped the region.

“A lot better,” he said. “We weren’t even green last year. A lot better situation than last year.”