People in the farm community are backing up the numbers: they’re still bad. “Our yields aren’t as high, so it not only affects our crops, but my husband is a person who hauls grain away, and it’s going to affect his hauling business, too,” says Heather Henkhaus of Alhambra, who married into a farm family 10 years ago. She is now chairman of the Madison County Young Farmers. She says the family expects to cut down on spending in the coming year.
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Shawn Valter, manager of the Adams County Farm Bureau, says there has been some rain, but, like the rest of the state, bad news is expected. He says the answers won’t come until the combines get into the fields, though. The weekly USDA crop progress report for Illinois is another downer. Most of the corn is in bad shape: 75 percent is reported in poor or very poor condition. For what it’s worth, 90 percent is in the dough stage, and 62 percent is in the dent stage. 88 percent of soybeans are setting pods, and 55 percent of the crop is in poor or very poor condition.