Brand new grain augers appear as if they are standing guard over a nearby cornfield just south of Scott Air Force Base, Ill., a few days ago. Grain augers are the farm implements that shoot grain into storage bins, grain wagons and trucks, and these are for sale by a farm equipment dealership located at the east end of this cornfield. This year's crop of corn in southwestern Illinois is standing tall and lush thanks to sufficient rain, sunshine and moderate temperatures – no drought and broiling heat so far in the summer of 2014.
T.E. Griggs is a writer, editor and photographer and a retired U.S. Marine.