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Soybean farmers in desperate need of rain

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ADAMS COUNTY, Ill. (WGEM) -

Our hot, dry weather is taking a toll on farmers right before harvest, but will more rain help or is it too late? After a wet Spring and early Summer the last couple months have produced hardly any rain in portions of the Tri-States.  Soy bean farmers are now seeing the effects of the dry weather, hoping it will change soon.   

Farmer Terry Smith shows just how damaging the weather has been toward his crops.  

"And the more it does that, the more it just takes and stresses the crop behind us," Smith said. 

Smith has more than 250 acres of soybean and while his field doesn't look as bad as others, he knows it can't take much more of the heat.  Right now he believes his yield could be in the upper 30s but that can change for better or worse.  
"The quicker we can get a two inch rain, the more yield we can save and the better it would be. If we go another two weeks without rain, that number will be down somewhere in the low 20s," he said. 
But University of Illinois Extension educator Mike Roegge said the damage could be done in half that time. 
"We need rainfall within the next week or so to really make these soybeans yield. They say it's at the critical stage at this point in time and moisture will help fill those beans which will help increase our yield," he said.     
But in terms of predicting what an average yield will be for Tri-State farmers, Roegge said it depends on mother nature and if nothing falls and he said numbers will be all over the board. 
"We could see soybeans yielding 10 to 20 bushels per acre and maybe 5 miles away where they caught some rains and better producing soils, they could be yielding 50 to 60 bushels an acre," Roegge said. 

Roegge said the last time he saw weather like this was back in 2011 and at that time, the average soybean yield in Adams County was 41 bushels an acre.  
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