A definitive sign autumn has arrived in the Midwest as farmers harvest their crops. This farmer near Tonica was recently spotted tilling his soil after what was hopefully a successful harvest. According to a U.S. Department of Agriculture Progress Report, crops this year matured more quickly than in 2017. A recent report stated 75 percent of the state’s corn was mature by Sept. 16, higher than the 37 percent reported during 2017. By the same date, 87 percent of soybeans had begun to change color, compared to 67 percent last year.