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December 4, 2009

Winter’s here, yet Illinois corn harvest drags on


Beck said Thursday as he waited — 90 minutes to two hours, he predicted — at an elevator near Mendota that he still has about 450 acres of corn to go, about a third of his crop.

He could have been done by now, harvesting in late October or early November, but figures he would have lost $140 an acre to penalties for delivering moist corn — that’s about $180,000 over his whole crop.

Instead, he said, he waited for his corn to dry down, a move he thinks will pay off, even if it means a winter blast could come through at any time and tear through the rest of his crop.

“I took a gamble,” he said. “So far, I’m winning.”

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