Farmers ‘optimistic’ about harvest after summer rain

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There was some much-needed rain throughout central Illinois Monday, but was it enough to create a successful crop yield?

“June we had a pretty good rain to start with and then, like most summers, it’s dried off for the most part,” Corn & Soybean Farmer Rob Asbell said. “Some people had a lot more rain, summer rain, some people had a lot less summer rain, within a few miles of each other. But mostly, it’s been a very good growing season.”

According to the Illinois Crop Progress and Condition Report for the week of Aug. 20, rainfall amounts were a third of an inch above normal. This has lead to corn and soybean crops being in the higher percentile for quality. 

“The white layer is the milk layer,” Asbell explained. “As soon as this starts to drop down, see it still has another 2-3 weeks. This will drop down till it gets all the way to the bottom till it gets all yellow.”

Farmers are looking forward to hopefully reaping the benefits of a bountiful yield. 

“I’m very optimistic about the upcoming harvest,” he said. “It looks like it could be a very good year for this area.”

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