Corn Harvesting In Illinois Progresses At Record High Pace
Farmers in Illinois are on a tear in their fields, taking part in a corn harvest that is progressing at a much faster rate than historically seen, the Illinois Department of Agricultural recently reported.
According to the East Central Illinois News Gazette, Illinois farmers have already harvested 71 percent of their crops, compared to the 29 percent that had been harvested at this time in 2011. The five-year average for harvesting as of October stands at only 33 percent. Soybean harvests, however, are progressing at about the average pace, with 22 percent of crops harvested compared to the average of 21 for this month.
Residents say 2 percent of the soybean crop is in “excellent” shape, 20 percent is “good”, 37 percent is “fair”, 24 percent is “poor”, and 17 percent is “very poor”. In the Champaign-Urbana region of the state, observers say 67 percent of topsoil still has proper moisture for harvesting, while 29 percent of soils were short, and 4 percent were very short.
According to Bloomberg, the picture is much the same in the Dakotas, where an early spring and a hot summer led farmers to begin harvests soon on quickly maturing plants.
“We should be finishing harvest in record time,” South Dakota State University agronomy specialist Mark Rosenberg told the American News. “Instead of finishing by Thanksgiving, we will be done by Halloween.”