DECATUR, Illinois (WAND) – Macon County farmers are seeing a bumper crop this fall, local farmer David Brown says.
“So now we’re working hard to finally harvest this crop. Yields in the area are very good, probably above the five-year average,” Brown said. .
However, not all regions were so lucky. Several surrounding counties that have experienced dry seasons have not seen the same results.
“But other parts of the state, like Champaign County, didn’t get as much rain this summer as it did in Macon County,” Brown explained.
Furthermore, heading into fall, about three-quarters of the state is unusually dry, and almost a quarter is experiencing moderate drought. Farmers are almost halfway through their fall harvest, and law enforcement is urging people to be careful with equipment on the road.
“When you see that big green truck over there, that big green tractor, slow down and let it go far when it’s close,” said the sergeant. Scott Flannery of the Macon County Sheriff’s Office.
The main thing they ask of people is patience.
“The fastest these tractors can get up and down roads is probably 17 to 22 miles per hour,” says Brown.
“Recognizing the fact that you are trying to overtake them, they see you approaching them. They do their best to get over the road and the ditch. They have a job to do.” Yes, and there are shorts… so they’re working long hours,” said the sergeant. Flannery.
Brown also encourages everyone to just pay attention.
“When you’re in the country, you have to be careful. Farmers, when you see someone coming in your rearview mirror, be patient and be polite. Everyone will get where they want to go.” said Brown.
Farmers want to finish harvesting by the second week of November.
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