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Better than expected
Tim Green, a Stark County, Illinois farmer (on left) says that the corn on his 1,800-acre farm is yielding between 107-200. The farm's five-year average is 175 bushels per acre. "There's a lot of variety this year," Green says. In this photo, (left-to-right), Green, Green's hired farmhand, and Dave Mowers, Green's crop consultant.
Green is raising triple-stacked corn that usually finds a home at one of five nearby ethanol plants. "You have to really pay attention to the bids. Sometimes the ethanol plants are competing for the corn at the same time. Other times, you might find that just a few need the corn worse than the others. But, we're thankful to have as many area buyers as we do."
After being planted on May 7-8, this corn is being harvested about on-schedule, Green says. "This corn really filled out after much-needed rains in late July. Aside from some of it being leaned over, it really has come a long way. We're not seeing much smut. The ears are about 16-rows around with a clear black layer."