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Published September 17, 2010, 03:11 PM

Illinois farmers way ahead on corn harvest

DECATUR, Ill. — Illinois farmers harvesting corn are well ahead of last year’s snail’s pace, and forecasters say more dry weather is ahead.

DECATUR, Ill. — Illinois farmers harvesting corn are well ahead of last year’s snail’s pace, and forecasters say more dry weather is ahead.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture earlier this week said that almost a fifth of Illinois’ corn crop is harvested.

A year ago, few farmers had started to harvest corn. Wet weather led to late planting and a harvest that for some dragged into December.

Farmers like Cory Ritter of Blue Mound tell the (Decatur) Herald & Review that they’re pushing hard to finish. They say memories of last year and the possibility that the weather can change are driving them.

Forecasters say most of the state should see warm, dry weather into the middle of next week.

Still to come is the soybean harvest. Most of Illinois’ soybeans aren’t ready to be harvested.

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