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Crops Looking Good So Far This Year After Dismal 2019

Farmers are hopeful this season for good crops in the fall.

Peoria County Farm Bureau Director Patrick Kirchhofer said corn and soybean crops are doing well despite the lack of rain. Crops in June and July typically demand the most moisture, but Kirchhofer said the dry June has actually benefited the crops by helping them grow better roots.

“The old saying, ‘Knee high by the 4th of July’ on the corn crop looks like it will occur. In fact, a lot of the corn is already knee high and it does have a nice dark green color that is an indication that it is receiving lots of nitrogen fertilizer," he said.

Corn and soybeans were planted in April. Kirchhofer said as long they get a good amount of water in the coming months , the crops should be in good shape.

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Olivia Streeter