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.
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.