Slow Start to Harvest in Central Illinois

Leah GuffeyAudio, Harvesting

_DSC2517Harvest is off to a slow start in Central Illinois.  It’s the final week of September and around my neck of the woods only a few fields have been shelled.  It’s getting cool and dry here but so far USDA reports that harvest is only 13% complete compared to almost 70& this time a year ago.  

With harvest running a little later than normal this year, precision technology can make the job faster and smoother. I stopped by the Bell Farm outside of Athens, Illinois last week and spoke with Coady Bell, who along with his brother and mom farm about 1600 acres. He told me how precision planting helps at harvest, and how gathering data on application and yield carry over from one year to the next. [wpaudio url=”″ text=”Interview with Coady Bell”]