A new study shows bugs might not always be a bad thing for farmers. It’s possible some pests could ultimately do more good than harm to crops across the region by helping them pull through hardships like this year’s drought. Western Illinois University biologist Richard Musser found the saliva of hornworms can turn on frost and drought resistant genes in plants. He says that could have big implications for the agricultural community.
Mariam Wassmann with the DeKalb County Farm Bureau talks with WNIJ's Jenna Dooley about the corn and soybean crops in the area
The fall harvest is underway in Illinois for the corn and soybean crops. The harvest is earlier this year, due to the drought during key parts of this year's growing season. Yields are expected to be lower this year than in previous years. DeKalb County farmers are expected to bring in an average of 160 bushels of corn per acre.