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Warrensburg - Records could fall in central Illinois for this year's corn harvest.  The average yield per acre record in Macon County stands at 192 bushels an acre.  In 2014 that number will be likely be left in the dust with yields well over 200 bushels an acre.

“This is one for the ages,” Macon County farmer David Brown told WAND News.  “If we can't grow great crops this year we're doing something wrong.”

“Right now everybody thinks we're on track for a record corn yield,” said Doug Gucker of the University of Illinois Extension office in Decatur.  “We could have some amazing yields here in Macon and our surrounding area.”

Mother Nature has cooperated throughout the summer.  Great temperatures.  Perfect timing of rainfall.

“Whether it be Champaign, Piatt, Moultrie, Logan, Sangamon, all of these counties are going to be exceptionally good in this part of central Illinois.  But we've had rains just the right amount at the right time,” Brown stated.  “The plants have been under very, very little stress this summer and it's just been an ideal growing condition.”

The USDA reports 81% of the Illinois corn crop is considered good or excellent.  USDA will make its first estimate of corn production based on farmer surveys on August 12th. 

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