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Winter hard on some of Illinois' wheat crop

TOLONO – As Illinois farmers work their way through the winter wheat harvest, many are finding the harsh winter was tough on their crops.

Some farmers in parts of central Illinois are saying their production is down.

John Little of Tolono south of Champaign tells The News-Gazette (http://bit.ly/1sxSQzZ ) he expects his 40 acres of winter wheat to yield a crop that might be near average. He's guessing about 75 bushels an acre. In past years that figure was as high as 90.

Little blamed cold and the wet spring that followed.

Fred Kolb is a crop sciences professor at the University of Illinois. He says wheat crops were slow coming out of winter.

Wheat is a relatively minor crop in much of Illinois.

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