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Illinois farmers used tractors at quick pace so far this harvest

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Illinois' harvest is going rather quickly.
Illinois' harvest is going rather quickly.

Farm equipment in Illinois has been well on the move this fall, according to a recent story from the Chicago Tribune.

Areas in the northern part of the state are seeing farm equipment get its work done at a record pace. This is a far cry from last year, when many producers were harvesting crops well into December because of uncooperative weather.

Joe White, a farmer in Kane County, told the newspaper this was the earliest harvest he has ever had.

"The fall has been unbelievable, you don't [usually] see a fall like this - the warm weather, the dry conditions. Usually we're fighting mud," White said, according to the Tribune.

Not only has the harvest shown to be quick, but its results have also been favorable to farmers, as the nation sees higher yields. This may also prove beneficial to the global market, which has seen demand increase in light of a Russian grain exporting ban.

Some farmers in the Chicago Federal Reserve District are actually holding on to their corn crop in anticipation of higher prices, the central bank reported in its latest Beige Book.

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