Illinois Corn & Soybean harvest off to slow start

New numbers showing a drop in corn and soybean harvest in central Illinois this year.

So far only 2% of the corn crop has been harvested, compared to 6% on the average.

The Peoria County Farm Bureau adds harvesting typically begins right after Labor Day but corn and soybean moisture content is still too high. Farmers say after the dry month, yields will be much more sporadic.

“What we really need is another shower to top off the soybeans especially that they are starting to turn yellow and ripen up and tje leaves are starting to fall but a rain shower on the soybeans would still help,” said  Patrick Kirchhofer, Peoria County Farm Bureau Mgr.

 

While things are off to a slow start. The USDA is predicting that this year will be the third highest production year ever for corn in the us.


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