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Illinois wheat harvest good despite dry spring

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A southern Illinois wheat farmer says the harvest has been in full swing this week.  Mark Krausz tells Brownfield the crop did okay this spring despite weather challenges. “Good emergence, good planting, but winter was a little cruel to us. It got really wet.”

This prevented him and several other farmers from making timely applications of fertilizer and other inputs, but Krausz says the recent dry weather hindered grain fill. “We probably missed our mark by a little bit of what we could have been, but we’ve still got good quality wheat and we’ve got a good test weight, so it’s a very marketable crop.”

Krausz says the lack of moisture is making it hard for his soybeans and corn to grow, and many growers in his area are concerned about planting double-crop soybeans after the wheat harvest.

Illinois wheat harvest good despite dry spring

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