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Slog of a central Illinois spring

A central Illinois farmer says this spring has been a struggle.

“We’re really hoping an open window is coming where we’re going to be able to get something done,” he says.

Elliott Uphoff, who farms in Shelby County, tells Brownfield that he only had 100 acres of soybeans planted as of May 17th.

“I’m feeling good. We haven’t made any mistakes yet, so that’s good.”  He says, “There’s still a window to get things planted and it’s not as timely as we’d like, but I still think the opportunity to plant a good crop is out there. We’re just still trying to remain patient.”

Even at this point of the season, he says he’s not going to plant the crop into poor field conditions.

“I don’t feel like a farmer when I do stuff like that.”  He says, “I feel like I’m just being sloppy and just trying to get something in the ground to say I put something in the ground. So yeah, no, I’m trying to hold off and do the right thing and hopefully it pays off.”

Uphoff says he was able to make some progress over the weekend, and says he’ll still need at least ten days of suitable weather to finish planting. 

Last week the USDA’s crop progress report showed 42% of Illinois corn and 39% of soybeans were planted.  Those numbers will be updated this (MON) afternoon. 

AUDIO: Elliott Uphoff – Shelby county farmer & Illinois Soybean Association board member

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