Farmers attending Agriculture Day at the Illinois State Fair say the optimistic corn and soybean forecast might prove to be true. The USDA on Monday said Illinois would produce 1.9 billion bushels of corn, up 52 percent from last year, when the state suffered through a drought. Farmer John Schofield of Roodhouse says this year, the rain has been OK.
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“Yeah, pretty much along. It wouldn’t hurt to get a little bit more, but we’re getting enough to make a good crop,” he said. Schofield says the crop is developing later than normal, so he hopes we don’t get an early fall. Henry Abel of Illiopolis says of the big corn forecast, which would bring Illinois back to normal after the drought, that he’ll believe it when it’s in his bin. “When the combines roll, it’ll tell the story,” he said. Soybean production is forecast to be up 15 percent.