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Farmers say crops look okay – but maturity is the issue

The consensus from most farmers at the 2019 Farm Progress Show is that the crops – both corn and soybeans – need time to finish.  .

John Linder, an Ohio farmer and 1st vice president elect of the National Corn Growers Association says what he did get planted looks okay – it’s just running running behind. “For us, I do feel fortunate,” he says.  “Beans are maybe not the best crop we’ve ever had, obviously.  And the corn crop won’t be a record – I hope it’s average.”

AUDIO: John Linder, Ohio farmer

Minnesota farmer and vice president of the American Soybean Association Bill Gordon says this crop still has a long way to go.  “Frost at Christmas would be nice,” he says.  “That would be the first step.  I know we say that tongue-in-cheek, but it really is that far behind.  The crop doesn’t look all that bad – except pods aren’t filling yet and we’re having highs in the 70’s and lows in the  50’s.  And as a farmer – that makes me nervous.” Gordon says an Indian Summer would definitely be welcomed.

AUDIO: Bill Gordon, Minnesota farmer

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