Illinois farmer expecting average yields after dry growing season
An east central Illinois grain farmer says dry weather will likely keep his yields average at best this year.
Bryan Severs of Potomac tells Brownfield his area is about 7 inches behind their average rainfall for this time of year, but on Monday morning, “We got another seven tenths and that is the first significant rain we have had in a long time. I think I can even see the beans growing as we speak.”
The most recent US drought monitor shows the majority of Vermillion County is in moderate to severe drought but Severs says both corn and soybeans are holding up well for as dry as it has been.
“It shouldn’t look as good as it does. That is just a credit to the people who provide us with our corn and soybeans that they are working on drought tolerance, and we are very happy with how it looks.”
Severs expects to begin harvesting both crops the last two weeks in September, which is a couple weeks later than normal for their farm.