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Il Harvest pleasant surprise for some

Tue, 09 Oct 2012 11:25:23 CDT
By: AP

     Good weather has allowed combines to roll, and the Illinois Department of Agriculture says more than three-quarters of the state's corn crop has already been harvested, well ahead of last year's pace.
Patrick Kirchhofer of the Peoria County Farm Bureau says the mostly dry days have aided the harvest season. Kirchhofer says farmers in Peoria County finding the harvest better than expected, given the hot, dry weather summer.
    Ross Pauli of Edwards, says he's been "pleasantly surprised" by what he's found in his fields so far.
    Farmer Mike Hoeft however, is finding yields of 20 to 30 bushels an acre on some of his fields in Delavan, but says "that's why you buy crop insurance."

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