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Jimmy Ayers

Jimmy Ayers raises corn and soybeans on his farm near New City, which is five miles south of Rochester.


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Last week, we received 0.5 of an inch to 3.5-plus inches of rain across the county. Very few beans were cut. Quite a bit of corn was shelled. Yields are starting to come down to more normal expectations. The higher yielding stuff was probably on the earlier planted crop. Markets responded to the report, which was a good thing. The Luke Bryan concert was rained out at our place. The Department of Ag was able to accommodate him at the Illinois State Fair.


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Last week was super hot and dry. We tied the record temperature. Corn is drying at a fast pace. We are seeing corn down into the teens. The beans have gone from yellow leaves to 8 percent in a very short period of time, which is not where we like to cut our beans. Yields have been better than expected given the extreme dryness. Moisture has been really short the last couple of months. Another week of 80s ahead for another good week of harvest. Hope everybody is safe and equipment works well for them. We are putting the final touches on the concert field for the Luke Bryan Farm Tour 2017 that will be held in Edinburg Oct. 6.