The 2014 crop year might be best remembered as a year of great yields and short prices. “It’s looking good,” says Tim Seifert, a third-generation farmer near Springfield. “It’ll probably be the best crop I've ever raised. It's probably going to be the cheapest crop I've ever raised, because of the quantity that we have. I've made more money in a drought year than I'm probably going to make this year, but it's our turn, I guess.”
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The USDA’s weekly crop progress report shows the soybean harvest has begun – 7 percent statewide – and the corn harvest advancing to 14 percent. Both are below average. It has been sunny and dry – with topsoil moisture in Illinois reported at 80 percent adequate and 10 percent surplus.