The University of Illinois Extension each year does a soybean plot, and this year's plot's results are in.
The extension approaches seed companies each year about being a part of the seed plots. Paul Mariman, Small Farms Educator, with the University of Illinois Extension in DeWitt, Macon and Piatt Counties explains the planted location in their plot field is completely random.
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Numbers for the plot this year were a little down, however, With the lack of rain central Illinois saw this summer, Mariman says the numbers were actually pretty good.
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Much like a science experiment, Mariman says all the whole plot is treated the same throughout the summer. He says it is a true farm production plot.
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The farm is located at the Albert Farm with Busey Bank and Chris Schick is the plot cooperator in Macon County. The farm was planted in early May and was harvested earlier in the month.
To find out the results you can visit the University of Illinois Extension office website for Macon, Piatt and DeWitt Counties.