The 2014 Illinois harvest is almost a wrap. “For corn, harvest advanced by 10 points last week and is now 87 percent finished. That compares to 92 percent one year ago and 84 percent for the five-year average,” says Mark Schleusener, state statistician for the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service in Illinois. “For the first time all season, corn harvest is ahead of the five-year average.”
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Soybeans are about even, too, at 91 percent harvested, just 2 percentage points off the long-term average. Winter wheat is the only possible problem, says Schleusener. He says the planting may fall short of farmers’ expectations.