Getting the last few precincts to report could still take a little longer, but more and more Illinois farmers are calling their 2020 harvest complete.
Aided by mild, dry weather, farmers had 95% of Illinois corn and 96% of soybeans in the bin Monday, both ahead of the five-year average, according to USDA’s most recent crop progress report.
One farmer who had a few remaining acres of standing crops Monday morning was Kevin Raber, a FarmWeek CropWatcher from Wabash County. He hoped to cross the finish line later in the day.
“I certainly hope so. I lack about 15 acres of corn, so hopefully another hour or two, we’ll call it a wrap for 2020,” he told the RFD Radio Network®.
Raber said his corn yields were good, not excellent. And his earlier soybeans outperformed the later varieties and his double-crop fields.
“But I’m not going to complain,” Raber continued. “These higher prices are wonderful. I think it’s great; put a little extra money in everybody’s pocket.”
Raber also seemed thankful for the ongoing dry weather in his area. The statewide average temperature last week came in more than 9 degrees above average with no measurable precipitation.
Besides hopes for being able to accomplish more fall fieldwork this year, he said his wheat crop is off to a good start.
“We went by the old-timers saying, ‘sow in the dust, your bins will bust,’” he said. “We sowed it in the dry. I don’t know how it came up, but it did. Wheat looks excellent right now. We’ve got a good stand.”
Statewide, 90% of wheat has emerged, and 70% of it is rated good to excellent. Last year at this time, just 43% of Illinois wheat was considered good to excellent.