Farmers surprised at high crop yields

By Alyssa Donovan

September 27, 2013 Updated Sep 27, 2013 at 6:36 PM CDT

Brimfield, Ill.-- Harvest is underway in Illinois and farmers are reporting a very successful crop.

Despite the delay in planting due to the April floods and the late summer drought, this year's harvest is showing high crop yields.

Brimfield farmer Richard Carroll says he did not expect a crop this successful.

Carroll said, "It was a big surprise! With all the drought and no rain we've had very little rain in July and August."

Even with the lack of rain in August, Carroll says his soybean crop is right on target with a crop yield of about 55 bushels per acre.

Soybean production in Illinois is up 12 percent from last year and is expected to yield 46 bushels per acre.

Carroll said, "Soybeans don't like wet ground they like dry ground and it must have just been perfect for them this year. I've heard some outstanding yields."

The Illinois Department of Agriculture reports Illinois corn crop is expected to yield 165 bushels per acre, with a count of 29 thousand 900 ears per acre, the highest ear count on record.

Alan Knobloch of Akron services grain elevator out of Brimfield is reporting even higher yields with 200 bushels per acre.

Carroll says he thinks the yields are probably different in other areas of the state.

Carroll said, "Up north is much dryer than we are and down south it's much wetter so it's hard to tell what the yields would be."

Harvest is about 2 weeks behind schedule.
Carroll says it's likely he will be harvesting until Thanksgiving.

Illinois Ag statistics service says on average about one quarter of corn crops are harvested by this time of year.
This year only 5 percent have been harvested.

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