Farmers Take Advantage of Warmer Weather by Allowing Corn to Field Dry

Corn harvest more than 50% behind last year.

Published on: Sep 30, 2008

According to the Illinois Department of Agriculture, some farmers are waiting a week to harvest corn, so it can dry down more.

Since last week's average temperature was 7.6 degrees above normal, this may be a good idea.

As of Sept. 29, only 4% of corn has been harvested, compared to 56% last year. A little over half the corn crop is mature, compared to 98% last year.

Soybeans harvest is now at 6%, compared to 37% last year. IDOA notes 57% of the crop is shedding leaves.

On corn, 71% is rated good to excellent, while 70% of soybeans are good to excellent.

For IDOA's full Crop Outlook, visit www.nass.usda.gov/il/wc.htm.