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Dry weather not a problem for crops_ yet.

Fri, 15 Jun 2012 10:58:47 CDT
By: Jim Browne

Dry weather not a problem for crops_ yet. Despite a shortage of rain in McLean County over the past month, the corn and soybean crops are in pretty good shape. That's what the marketing manager for Evergreen FS says. Irvin Castleton says while some farmers DID plant as early as March, most waited until early April:

   

Castelton says the critical pollination period for corn is still a few weeks away, and rain would be a huge benefit at that time. He also says current hybrids are more resistant to stressful conditions, like a shortage of rain, than seeds were years ago. Central Illinois is about 6 inches shy of normal rainfall for the year:

   

Castleton says a greater concern for corn and soybean farmers could be the bumper crop of hungry insects because of the warm winter.

   

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