Illinois harvest facing weather-related delays

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) — Illinois farmers are starting to harvest crops after overcoming several weather-related obstacles this year.

Industry experts say about 23 percent of corn in the state has been harvested at this point, about two-thirds less than where farmers stood last year.

Farmer Paul Berbaum says he isn’t worried, as new technology in seed and machinery is helping out.

“I mean, we have a lot better equipment nowadays than we had, years ago. When I was a kid, we were never done by Thanksgiving, and one year, I remember we were out harvesting on Christmas Day. So, no, I’m not worried about getting done fast,” he said.

Farmers say they’re taking advantage of some drier weather, and hope to be done harvesting by Thanksgiving this year.

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