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Farmers left in suspense as crops hold on

The Nutrien Ag Solutions plot is shown west of Fairbury last week.

FAIRBURY – While harvest has yet to take off in Central Illinois, questions remain as to what type of yields are waiting for those combines out in the fields.

Crops have been holding on thanks to several late-season rains which kept the plants green and healthy longer than usual.

“I think that last little rain we got kind of put a little more life in them,” said Matt Durdan of Nutrien Ag Solutions during the company’s plot night near Fairbury last week.

Durdan has been hearing Sept. 20 as a planned harvest start date for some area growers, who are optimistic from the August rains.

“We’ve had interesting weather this summer with band-aid rains to keep the corn chugging along but I think the crop everybody is excited about is the beans.”

Once crops come out of the field, Nutrien will be busy spreading fertilizer for customers and ammonia applications will begin once it gets cooler. Strip till operations and lime spreading will be other activities happening during the late fall period.

“As of now, I don’t think there will be any supply issues but of course there are some world events going on that may have a little pressure on pricing,” notes Durdan.

If grain markets stay strong, that may pressure other prices to go up too. Durdan suggests farmers keep in touch with their retailer in order to get the best deal possible.

During last week’s plot night in Livingston County, Nutrien discussed the seed lineup including DeKalb, Asgrow, NK, BASF, DynaGro, Xitavo and LG. Other highlighted products included Awaken CoFlow and the Consensus Soybean Seed Treatment.

“We have our corn and soybean plot out here where we have on display all of the different brands we sell,” added Durdan.

More information can be obtained by following the Nutrien Ag Solutions Facebook page or by visiting which has seed and financing information.


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