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Signs point to early corn harvest

August 16, 2010 at 03:52 PM

Every sign points to an early corn harvest this fall, if not this summer.

Here’s an excerpt from the latest Illinois Crop Progress and Condition Report by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

“Temperatures continued the summer long pattern of above normal last week pushing the corn crop maturity rapidly ahead. Reports were received of producers preparing for an early corn harvest after a long week of triple digit heat indexes and high nighttime temperatures. There were 5.5 days suitable for fieldwork last week across the state. The corn crop has advanced
to 51 percent dented compared to the average of 29 percent. Beneficial rains fell sporadically across the state from a few tenths to a few inches. The largest rainfall accumulations were recorded in the northwest and west districts where some rivers were overflowing. Rains at this point are needed in many areas to help soybeans fill pods and will help with corn grain weight
but will not be as helpful to the corn as it will be to the soybean crop. Topsoil moisture was rated at 8 percent very short, 20 percent short, 62 percent adequate, and 10 percent surplus. Soybean diseases are starting to show up with the primary concern coming from sudden death syndrome. Farmers were busy last week mowing waterways, baling hay, spraying fungicides and insecticides, chopping silage, and attending the Illinois State Fair.”

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Dear Husband started shelling corn two days ago! Called it quits last night as moisture content was still running a little high - but anticipate with the upcoming hot dry days he’ll start again this weekend..

Posted by G on 08/18 at 09:05 AM

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