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A dry harvest

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  • Dust from combines filled the air throughout the dry harvest season in Northern Illinois. This farmer works under the setting sun on Thomas Road south of Burlington in the middle of October.

       Dust from combines filled the air throughout the dry harvest season in Northern Illinois. This farmer works under the setting sun on Thomas Road south of Burlington in the middle of October.
    John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • The soybean harvest generally yielded better results in 2010 than in the previous year. Little rain throughout the fall made bringing in the crops a fast job for most farmers in northern Illinois.

       The soybean harvest generally yielded better results in 2010 than in the previous year. Little rain throughout the fall made bringing in the crops a fast job for most farmers in northern Illinois.
    John Starks | Staff Photographer

 
 

The 2010 harvest season in northern Illinois was fast and dry. It was the earliest harvest of the decade, according to some reports.

The summer was wet in the early months and dry in later months. Some farmers were able to harvest all their corn in September, earlier then they'd even begun in 2009.

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The soybean harvest was finished at least a month earlier than in 2009.

Dust from creeping combines filled the country air most evenings from mid September to mid October.

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