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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
It is estimated that some areas of
the county need about two weeks of good combining weather to finish
up the harvest.
Unit, University of Illinois Extension]