Crops progress ahead of harvest season

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TOLONO, Ill. (WCIA) — Farmers are seeing crops come in better than the ten year average. 

Central Illinois saw some dry spells throughout the summer which slowed down corn.

Rain from the last week has helped bean crops and some of the late corn.

While one more rain in the next week could help with the beans, farmers are looking forward to dryer conditions.

“We are just about past the time of year where rain is really going to help us. Some nice warm, dry weather could really dry down this corn crop. We’re right at black layer where we have a good 10 to 15% moisture to drop before we can really start harvesting that,” says farmer, Benjamin Rice. 

Sunny and breezy days could help farmers save money ahead of harvest.

If rain stays away they won’t have to pay the elevators to dry the corn for them.

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