Ag in the AM: Illinois Corn Yields Higher, Iowa Lower
SPRINGFIELD, ILLINOIS – The corn yields are expected to be better than first thought in Illinois but not in Iowa.
The November crop estimates are out and Illinois corn farmers are harvesting three bushels per acre more than expected.
The USDA says it expects Illinois farmers to harvest one and a quarter billion acres of corn this year. That’s two thirds the size of last year’s crop.
Iowa corn estimates are down a bushel per acre in the latest crop report.
139-bushels per acre are expected.
Almost two billion corn acres are expected, down 19-percent from last year.
Farm Bureau Raises Money, Honors Farmer
MOLINE, Illinois – Rock Island County farmers came together to raise money for the future.
The county Farm Bureau’s “Harvest Gala” was held Saturday at the iWireless Center to honor farmers and raise money for ag education.
“The agriculture community is strong and thriving here in the Quad Cities and if we want to see it continue,” says Farm Bureau director Deanne Bloomberg.
“With ag literacy materials in the schools, we’re gonna need events like this to fund those projects and scholarships.”
The Rock Island County Farm Bureau Foundation recently awarded $6000 in scholarships to high school seniors and college students.
The group also honored farmer George Stulz by inducting him into the organization’s Hall of Fame.