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Northern Illinois wheat producer excited for harvest

A northern Illinois farmer says the wheat crop looks as good as he’s ever seen.

Mark Tuttle, who’s based in Dekalb County, says he’s excited about the upcoming harvest.

“It’s a couple weeks early and it’s starting to get a little yellow tint to it.”  He says, “So maybe by the 4th of July, we’ll be cutting wheat up here in northern Illinois. And from everything I’ve seen, it really looks really, really good up here.”

He tells Brownfield an early wheat harvest could provide more opportunities for farmers.

“If we can get beans in by July 4th, 5th, or 6th, I think there’ll be some guys try to put some beans in.”  He says, “Some of the wheat ground gets some manure put on it because we have a lot of hog confinements in northern Illinois.”

Tuttle says he’s optimistic about yields despite some lodging concerns. 

“I think it’s because the wheat is a little taller than normal and it’s got a pretty good grain fill on it,” he says, “so it’s got a little weight up there on the top end.”

As of June 9th, USDA reports 6% of Illinois wheat has already been harvested, which is 5% ahead of the five-year average.  

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