Illinois farmer on the home stretch of harvest

A southeastern Illinois farmer says he can see the harvest season finish line.

Dave Kermicle of Dundas tells Brownfield they had some downed corn from an August storm and started harvesting it about a month ago.

“But it is still surprising, we are getting yields that are at least average or maybe a little better than average.”

He expects to finish harvesting his first crop soybeans this week and yields have been favorable.

“I think that’s mainly due to consistency because we didn’t have drowned out spots during the year like we have in the last couple of years. So actually the beans will be a little better than last year.”

Kermicle says harvest should conclude in a couple of weeks with double crop soybeans.

“Double crop beans got hurt quite a bit by dry weather late. It’s been hard to get a rain since about that August 7th time frame in this part of the world. Three tenths of an inch has been a big rain and that’s just not enough. But I still believe the double crops will be at least average.”

Kermicle Farms is also done planting winter wheat. He says 100% of his crop has emerged and warm planting weather has it looking “excellent”.

Featured Photo by Dave Kermicle

Audio: Interview with Dave Kermicle

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