Flooding Affects Illinois Farmers
Most Illinois residents probably noticed the extra rain this spring, but for farmers, its effect has been devastating, as the unseasonably wet conditions significantly delayed crop planting. As of early June, only 45% of Illinois’ corn was in the ground. Typically, 98% of the crop should be planted by that point. What’s more, persistent flooding halted barges filled with crops and fertilizer. Farmers will continue to feel the flooding’s impact this fall, as the late planting will result in a late harvest. In the meantime, they hold onto hope for good weather and find small silver linings, such as extra time with family, as well as moments of humor, such as fish swimming in their fields.
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