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Angie Peltier
Former Extension Educator, Commercial Agriculture

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Hill and Furrow

Current topics about crop production in Western Illinois, including field crops research at the NWIARDC in Monmouth.
Figure. Kincaid 8-XP small plot combine harvesting corn at the NWIARDC.

NWIARDC Fall Field Operations

Posted by Angie Peltier - Harvest

At the Northwestern Illinois Agricultural Research and Demonstration Center, Brian Mansfield and Marty Johnson have been hard at work harvesting corn and soybean research plots. The small plot combine that is used to harvest the grain from plots harvests two rows from each plot (on 30 inch rows). After collecting harvest data, they then come in and harvest the rest of the grain in these fields.

As of this morning, Brian estimates that between 70 and 80 percent of the corn acres have been harvested. Average yield is estimated to be between 165 and 185 bu/A, trending below both 2012 and 2011. In 2013, corn is yielding between 5 and 10 percent lower than in 2012 (195 bu/A average) and between 12 and 22 percent below 2011 yields (211 bu/A average).

Throughout Western Illinois, a combination of later than average planting and the cooler October air temperatures has kept some grain moisture percent in the low 20's. Lower commodity prices have left many producers to let corn grain dry down naturally rather than incur additional drying costs.

Soybean harvest is 65 to 75 percent complete. Average yield is estimated to be between 48 and 58 bu/A. It remains to be seen how the 2013 NWIARDC yield average compares to 2011 (67 bu/A) and 2012 (58 bu/A).

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