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Farmer wraps up harvest in challenging year

An Illinois farmer says she’s glad harvest is over.  Roberta Simpson-Dolbeare farms in west central Illinois near Nebo.

“We had to do a lot of jumping around to find soybeans that were dry enough to be ready to harvest but we finished Saturday so we were just delighted before this weather changes again.”

She tells Brownfield it’s been a challenging crop year from start to finish.

“We’ve had plenty of moisture.  We were fighting floods over here on the Mississippi River as well as the Illinois River earlier in the spring so that affected getting acres in in a timely manner.”

Simpson-Dolbeare says they had about 250 acres of prevent plant and their corn and soybean yields have been about average — saying there’s NEXT year to look forward to. She’s a district director for the Illinois Soybean Association, chairs the Marketing Committee and represents ISA on the American Soybean Association’s World Initiative for Soy in Human Health Committee.

Interview with Simpson-Dolbeare

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