PEORIA, Ill. (AP) --
Good weather has allowed combines to roll, and the Illinois Department of
Agriculture says more than three-quarters of the state's corn crop has already
been harvested -- well ahead of last year's pace.
Patrick Kirchhofer of the Peoria County Farm
Bureau said that mostly dry days have aided the harvest season. Kirchhofer says
farmers are finding the harvest is better than expected -- considering the hot,
dry weather Illinois
endured this summer.
Ross Pauli of Edwards, for example, says
he's been "pleasantly surprised" by what he's found in his fields so
Farmer Mike Hoeft, however, isn't happy.
He's finding yields of 20 to 30 bushels an acre on some of his fields in
Delavan. But Hoeft says "that's why you buy crop insurance."