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Illinois Corn Harvest No Disaster Despite Drought
Illinois Ag Connection - 09/25/2023

Drought conditions did not leave Illinois corn farmers without hope this harvest season. While yields are anticipated to fall below last year’s harvest, this season is far from a disaster.

Much of the hope rests with a healing rain in June that played a heavy role in saving the crop from ruin, said Steve Turner, a member of the Illinois Farm Bureau and a farmer in Cass and Morgan counties.

“I think it’s not going to be a bumper or a record yield but I think we’re going to be basically holding our own,” Turner told The Center Square.

The dry conditions that hit parts of the state won’t be much of a challenge now that harvest time is here and expected to continue until October or November. It may even help farmers to get their work done, Turner said, noting that farmers are known for finding the silver lining.

Unlike areas to the west where a lack of rainfall is taking a toll, Illinois was spared the full brunt of arid weather, he said.

“I think we really dodged a bullet on a lot of extreme drought this year,” Turner said.

The status of the harvest currently puts farmers on par with the five-year average. Turner helped to put the corn harvest figures into perspective.


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