Farmers Deal With Wet Fields & Record Crops

Latham – Wet fields have slowed down what will likely be a record corn harvest in Central Illinois.  With sun finally staying around for a few days farmers are back in their fields working in dry areas to wrap up their work for 2014.

“I got a car buried.  We've had a combine buried,” said Sean Hamblen of the wet fields.

Jerry Schmidt of Chestnut is seeing 250 bushels an acre corn.  Right now he is focused on dry areas of his soybean fields as he does his daily work.

“We didn't do anything last week,” Schmidt told WAND News reporter Doug Wolfe.  “Trying to hit the higher fields and places that we know we can get across and let the wet ones dry up some more.”

The Farmers Grain Company in Latham has had non-stop business with corn and soybean deliveries in recent days.  One employee told us over the weekend their elevators handled over 400,000 bushels this past weekend.

Other farmers in Logan County are also seeing huge corn yields.  Larry Hamblen of Beason, age 70, is seeing the highest corn yields in his life.  Many areas of his fields are averaging over 250 bushels an acre.  Some of his fields are much higher.

“I had some 270 DeKalb and test weight was 61 pounds,” he stated.

With October wrapping up quickly some farmers predict they will still be harvesting into early November.

(Pictured: Farmers Grain elevator in Latham)

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