ISA CEO: Was a good year for farmers

Soybeans were 59 bushels per acre, up five from 2019. Production was 605 million bushels, up fourteen percent from last year. (Facebook/Illinois Soybean Association)

 

By Neil Doyle

BLOOMINGTON – The USDA’s final yield report shows that Illinois is still number one in soybeans.

John Lumpe, CEO of the Illinois Soybean Association, spoke with WJBC’s Marc Strauss.

“When you think about the weather conditions, with the state there is always variability, some got that late season rain and some farmers called it the million dollar rain, but some farmers didn’t,” said Lumpe. “But when you average it all out, you have an increase in acres, an increase in bushels, and an increase of bushels per the acre, it was a good year for the farmer.”

Soybeans were 59 bushels per acre, up five from 2019. Production was 605 million bushels, up fourteen percent from last year.

Neil Doyle can be reached at neil.doyle@cumulus.com

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