PEORIA -- The August rains are saving central Illinois' soybean crop.
The Peoria County Farm Bureau said the beans are looking better than expected.
Soybeans have a greater window of opportunity to get the rain they need, so the recent weather has helped growth.
Farm Bureau Manager Patrick Kirchhofer said the yields won't be too far off from last year.
"It's going to be much better compared to the corn as as far as average yields go. Last year, the soybean crop averaged about 57 bushels, the three year average is 52 bushels, and this year we'll probably be in the 35-45 bushel range," he said.
Kirchhofer expects soybean harvest to begin in the next few weeks.