Between Rockford and Dekalb, Illinois, CHS Eldred grain merchandiser Steve Meisch said the crop is way behind schedule. This is an unusual year for northern Illinois. “I believe our average was around 212 (bushels per acre) last year. That’s typical for northern Illinois, especially Dekalb County where we have rich, black dirt. It will be a record setting year in the other direction this year.” In this area, farmers generally plant 106-to-114 day corn. With delayed planting, many farmers switched to a shorter season hybrid, going as far as Minnesota to get seed.
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