USDA: Illinois Set to Produce Record Crops

September 14, 2016 04:17 PM

USDA’s new crop production report for September shows the Illinois corn yield is unchanged fro the August report, projected at 200 bushels per acre.

The Illinois soybean yield climbed four bushels to 61 bushels per acre. Both would be state records. 

At Finegan Farms in Iroquois County, farmers will have to wait nearly 10 days to start harvesting even though some fields are ready. Recent rainfall in the state makes it difficult for farmers who are itching to begin. 

Jared Finegan says rainfall at the farm totaled three inches last week. Although August was a wet month, Finegan credits it to helping fill out his bean pods.

On the corn side, a long stretch of hot days in July took some yield off the crop. 

“There’s a few fields that need to be picked,” said Finegan. “But we’ve had quite a bit of rain.”

Finegan says last year was a wet year, and was able to get his crops planted in good time this year.

“We started off this spring in good shape,” said Finegan. “Then we got dry and it got into a hot period in pollination.”

While he says he won’t know what the crop is like until he gets in there and starts picking, but he’s hoping for a good crop, based on good ear counts. 

As for the weeds, Finegan says they’re “horrific” this season, especially water hemp.

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