Farmers keep fingers crossed for crop yields

Published 09/05 2013 05:06PM

Updated 09/06 2013 11:35AM

URBANA -- Drought conditions are impacting farmers in Champaign County. They say it's not as bad as last year, but it's still not looking great. Farmers say they're still keeping their fingers crossed for more rain and cooler temperatures before harvest time.

Chad O'Keefe has been working on a farm for most of his life. He says they had more than enough rain early in the season which delayed planting, but lately crops have been feeling the effects of dry weather. People working out here say it's just another challenge of working on the land where every year is a little different.

O'Keefe says most of the corn was already set before this dry spell started, but now some of the tops aren't doing as well. He says he's more worried about the soybeans, especially if we don't see more rain soon.

O'Keefe says he's tested some of the corn already and expects they'll get between 175 - 225 bushels per acre. That's about average for a season, but they're still hoping for better.

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