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Illinois crop summary for 2012

Production of corn for grain totaled 1.286 billion bushels in 2012, well below 2011 production of 1.947 billion bushels. The final yield was 105 bushels per acre, 52 bushels below last year. This was the lowest yield since 1988, when yield stood at 73 bushels per acre. Drought conditions in 2012 brought about the low yield. Acres planted in 2012 were up 200,000 from 2011 at 12.8 million, and 12.25 million acres were harvested for grain. Warm conditions in 2012 got planting off to an early start, with 5 percent of the crop planted as of March 25. Early planting and consistent dry conditions contributed to a crop maturing earlier than usual. Harvest ran well ahead of the usual pace. Low yields pushed farmers to harvest more of the crop for si

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