SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (KMOX) – Farmers are being hit especially hard by all the rain that’s been falling during the month of June.
Southern Illinois soybean producers in particular have been kept from getting out in their oversaturated fields to finish planting.
“We should have 100 percent of the beans planted,” says Illinois Farm Bureau spokesman John Hawkins. “But we’ve only got roughly two-thirds planted down there (in areas south of St. Louis). Every day lost to rain means a potential yield loss.”
But it’s not only bean crops that are suffering.
“This is definitely the worst weather you could have for the wheat crop,” Hawkins says. “You get head blights, you get lodging from too much rain. It knocks the crop down and literally can sprout in the field.”
Even corn crops, which are already planted and like lots of rain this time of year, need more sunshine than we’re getting to produce a healthy ear.
Meanwhile, the clock is quickly running down toward a final planting date for soybeans that must be met to qualify for full coverage on crop insurance.
“We’re approaching those dates in several counties in eastern Missouri and in southern Illinois,” Hawkins says. “That is going to be in the back of the mind of some farmers in that they may want to take a prevented planting option in their insurance program and not plant any more.”
And one other downside — markets are already starting to take notice of the weather-related problems across the Midwest and that could soon be reflected in higher prices on your local grocery shelves.
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