As bad as the drought has been for Illinois crops, the technology and farming practices of today make the situation much better than in the Drought of 1988, according to the executive director of the Illinois Corn Growers Association. Rodney Weinzierl says the move to earth-friendly forms of farming such as no-till have been an advantage.
“Every time you till a field, you’re going to lose some moisture because of evaporation. Because of the equipment changes that we’ve seen over the last five years, there’s a lot more conservation going on, because the equipment was capable of doing that.” The USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service projects the Illinois yield will be 101 bushels of corn and 43 bushels of soybeans per acre. That’s up slightly from the October forecast. Corn’s 1.25 billion bushels would be 64 percent of last year’s crop. 378 million bushels of soybeans would be 89 percent of last year’s.