Suppliers of farming equipment change their approaches with the weather. Kelly McCormick, marketing manager for the grain products division of Assumption-based GSI Group, says 2012 is not a year in which her company is taking as many orders for grain bins; rather, she’s pushing products to care for and dry the product.
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“Your first instinct with a dry year is that you’re not going to have to run it through the dryer and monitor it like you have in the past, but it’s quite the opposite of that,” McCormick says, adding the company’s grain conditioning specialists have been stressing to farmers to harvest corn as soon as possible, and dry it up to one degree drier than normal.
As for this week’s Illinois crop numbers, the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service reports 60 percent of soybeans are turning yellow, and 21 percent are dropping leaves. That compares with forty percent and ten percent, respectively, in 2011, and 42 percent and 16 percent for the five-year average. For corn, 75 percent is in the mature stage, compared to last year’s 42 percent and the five-year average of 38 percent.
Brad Schwab, the Illinois office’s director, says the September yield estimate is due out Wednesday morning at 7:30.