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Report: Illinois farmers not keeping with national soybean planting trend

A new USDA report finds Illinois farmers are expected to continue planting more corn than soybeans despite that trend changing nationally.

A new USDA report finds Illinois farmers are expected to continue planting more corn than soybeans despite that trend changing nationally.

Experts said farmers across the country are making the shift because they’re getting higher returns for soybeans.

Garry Niemeyer, a corn and soybean farmer in Auburn, said he thinks Illinois farmers are sticking to the same crop ratio because they wind up with better yields.

"Most farmers understand if you have one crop you get diseases that follow,” Niemeyer said. “I think that they've found that they get better yields going a 50-50 rotation."

The USDA predicted that farmers nationwide will plant 88 million acres of corn and 89 million acres of soybeans this year.

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