Corn Crop

6:05 am
Mon August 27, 2012

Northern Illinois Soybean Farmers Hoping For The Best

Yellowing plants indicate this soybean field outside of DeKalb is approaching maturity.

While they aren’t seeing the catastrophic losses of the most hard-hit areas, northern Illinois farmers are still expecting a significantly reduced corn crop as a result of this summer’s drought. The outlook for soybeans isn’t so clear. Farmers are keeping their fingers crossed.

Paul Rassmussen farms both corn and soybeans in DeKalb County. He says it’s still too early to predict what kind of soybean harvest it will be.

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12:07 pm
Tue July 17, 2012

Boom planting turning into bust crops in Illinois

Gov. Pat Quinn tours an Illinois corn field
Illinois Farm Bureau

Quinn tours drought-stricken Southern Illinois farm

With the warm spring, farmers were able to plant early and corn and soy seeds went in at a remarkable pace.

"We were set out to raise what we thought was probably the largest corn crop in the history of American agriculture," Said Illinois Farm Bureau President Phillip Nelson.

Instead, months of drought are killing those expectations ... and the corn. Nelson says some farmers will end up with no crop, or only half of one.

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