July 29, 2011


High heat, humidity keep US Illinois farmers watchful of corn, soy crops



Several weeks of high temperatures is making Illinois farmers and crop experts keep a close eye on corn and soy for possible damage.


Patrick Kirchhofer of the Peoria County Farm Bureau said that the heat has been accompanied by high humidity that increases disease problems.


Rick Fritz, a crop consultant with Brimfield Ag Service, said the corn crop has already been hurt by the heat. No one knows how much yet, though.


The demand for corn to make ethanol and feed livestock in the US and overseas has pushed prices high this year. That puts tremendous pressure on farmers to produce a big crop.


Matt Montgomery of the University of Illinois Extension Service said last Sunday's (Jul 17) heavy rain in central Illinois helped slow crop damage.

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