While it is still too early to determine if more corn or soybeans will be planted next spring, local farmer and owner of Heritage Ag Solutions in Monmouth Justin Allaman expects the market to make the final decision for farmers:
“I think what the market tells us will play a big role in what happens with commodity prices. The Russia, Ukraine situation was kind of a wild card and then it also depends on fertilizer availability and pricing. I know farmers in this area really like to plant corn. It is reliable. I can go out and count my stain count, I can count the ears, how many kernels around, how many kernels long, and I can do yield estimates. With soybeans, who knows; they can look good, but if you get out there it could be 60 bushel the acre, or 50, or it could be 80. It could be all over the place, so, corn is fun to grow, but it is good to have that bean rotation in there. If I had to place my guess, I would say we will continue to see a lot of corn acres in this area.”
According to a June report from the American Farm Bureau, around 11.2 million acres of soybeans were planted this growing season in Illinois, compared to 10.7 million acres of corn.