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Pam Smith DTN\Progressive Farmer Crops Technology Editor
Fri Aug 29, 2014 10:30 AM CDT

DECATUR, Illinois (DTN) -- I'm living in a lush garden this year. Another 1.75 inches of rain fell on my central Illinois home yesterday and some of the surrounding area got as much as 4 inches. That should be enough to make the kernels and pods fill into a central and south central Illinois bin buster. We had only a brief period of dry conditions during July, but the nights were downright chilly during that time. We've barely turned the lawnmowers off this summer.

Last week I scouted the western leg of the Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour. That trip ...

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