Illinois corn and soybeans are very close to being fully harvested, and a dry October helped quickened the pace.
The USDA's weekly crop progress report for Illinois says 96 percent of corn and soybeans have been harvested. State statistician Mark Schleusener says it won't be much longer until that number hits 100 percent.
"We are just at the tail end and if it hadn't rained last week, I think we may have been fully finished," Schleusener said. "Many, many farmers have finished."
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A dry October may be to thank for the faster than usual harvest. Schleusener says along with there being very few weather delays during the month, many crops were dry enough that farmers didn't have to pay more to dry down crops, which likely made this a cheaper harvest.