Recent heat wave helps crops
The head of the Champaign County Farm Bureau said the heat wave that East Central Illinois has experienced lately will help speed up the maturity process for corn and soybeans.
This summer has been somewhat on the cooler side, as the Illinois State Water Survey based in Champaign said there have only been three days where the temperature hit 90 degrees or higher. Two of those instances happened this week. The average temperature so far this summer is just over 81 degrees.
Champaign County Farm Bureau Manager Brad Uken said the cooler weather and rain this summer were beneficial during pollination time, especially with the corn crop. But now he said the heat is needed.
Uken added that the later harvest starts, the cooler the temperatures get. He said that makes it harder for mother nature to dry the crops out, which could cost farmers more money.
Uken said the besides the heat, the shorter days with less sunlight will help the soybean crop mature. He said he expects some farmers who planted earlier to begin harvesting by the middle of next month, while others will start by late September. Uken said that will be a little bit later than average start for harvest but not by much.