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Jeff Lampe
Jeff Lampe

Jeff Lampe has been outdoor writer at the Journal Star in Peoria for 12 duck seasons. He lives in Elmwood with his wife Monica, sons Henry, Victor and Walter, and Llewellin setter Hawkeye. A native of Buffalo, N.Y., he is an avid fan of the Bills and still has mental scars from four consecutive Super Bowl losses. Outside of hunting and fishing, Lampe's main passion in Illinois was Class A boys basketball (which sadly no longer exists). Former publisher of the Class A Weekly newsletter, Lampe is a co-author of "100 Years of Madness" and "Classical Madness," both books focusing on prep basketball in Illinois.

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September 7: Picture of the Day

September 07, 2010 at 09:53 PM

If this is the sort of standing corn left this fall, I doubt many deer will be hiding in the fields.

Monday’s latest count showed 7 percent of the Illinois corn crop was in the bin compared to 1 percent last year and the five-year average of 2 percent.

Corn was 57 percent mature, compared to 3 percent last year and the five-year average of 24 percent.

Based on what I saw today, the combines will be out rolling in force this week. Windy warm weather should only help bring down moisture content and boost that maturity level to even higher percentages by next Monday.

Also ahead of schedule are soybeans, which showed 49 percent turning yellow on Monday compared to 6 percent last year and the five-year average of 31 percent.

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What’s it all mean? Early harvest.


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