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Crop survey shows lower yields

Tue, 07 Aug 2012 09:26:31 CDT
By: Jim Browne

A survey by Deer Creek based Bell enterprises, which transports corn and soybeans in central Illinois, shows depleted harvests expected this fall. The survey of over 100 fields by farmers and agronomists, estimates corn yields of around 130 bushels per acre. Last year yields in those same fields was 60 bushels an acre higher. Lack of rain appears to be the reason with survey results showing 100 percent of the fields short of moisture. The tour looked at fields around Danvers, Carlock, Deer Creek, Mackinaw and Minier. This week's Illinois State Crop report shows only 4 percent of the corn crop in good condition, and 9 percent of the soybean crop in good, and 1 percent in excellent condition. The US Department of Agriculture will release it's estimate on the condition of the 2012 crop at the end of the week.

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