With the exception of the crop conditions, we're in a standard early September routine around here. As mentioned in last week's post, corn crops have been all but a total failure due to the drought, and many bean fields aren't far behind them. The field we were hunting has nothing more than short, stunted plants. They're still green and attractive to the deer, but won't yield much for the farmer. Quite a few half-hearted scrape attempts line the edge of this field, and bucks are shedding velvet by the day. Within another week, I'd say most of the deer in the Mid-South will be sporting polished antler. After that, the first rubs of the season could appear at any time.