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Crops continue to pour in

By John Fulton          Send a link to a friend

[OCT. 12, 2004]  Logan County is in the midst of another bountiful harvest. Corn yields are running good to excellent. Yield ranges have been from 150 bushels per acre where severe rootworm damage problems occurred to well over 200 bushels per acre. When comparing corn yields to the record year of 2003, it seems like they are running about 4 percent under last year's record average.

Soybean yields have been a pleasant surprise. Last year we were plagued by various insect and disease problems and had many instances of yields under 35 bushels per acre. This year, yields have been ranging from the mid-40s to the upper 50s. Pod counts have been running well under normal, but an exceptional fill on bean seed seems to have more than made up for that. Seed quality has also been very good this year.

Crop harvest percentages have been edging along, with an estimated 85 percent of corn acres harvested and 70 percent of soybean acres harvested. With unloading and storage facilities beginning to fill up, times have been increased to unload at local elevators. Moisture percentages have come down for both crops, with corn averaging about 15 percent, and before the rains, soybeans had been much dryer than the 13 percent moisture standard.

It is estimated that some areas of the county need about two weeks of good combining weather to finish up the harvest.

[John Fulton,
Logan County Unit, University of Illinois Extension]

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