Illinois Farmers Lose Some Planted Crops Due to Heavy Rains05/02/2017
Heavy weekend rain has damaged Illinois crops and put an end to fieldwork until the soil dries out.
“I’d say we probably had 6-7 inches on our farm,” said Scott County, Illinois farmer Jeff Hurrelbrink, while assessing damage from his pick-up. His corn has been in the ground about a week.
“Eighty percent of our corn is up where it washed down the hills and took some rows out,” Hurrelbrink told Brownfield Ag News Monday. “A lot of silt covered up a lot of rows in low areas of fields. We think we’ve probably lost 10-15 percent of our plants.”
Kim Curry, of Pike County, Illinois, says the rain caused a lot of erosion and damage to emerged corn in his area.
“All of our terraces were filled for a little over 24 hours, and the farmers I’ve talked to, most of their terraces were topped, so I think we’re going to be doing quite a bit of field repair and some replanting,” Curry told Brownfield Ag News Monday. “On the flat fields I think they’ll be doing a lot of replanting where the water can’t get away; it’s still standing there.”
Curry had an inch of rain last Wednesday followed by another 5.5 inches Friday and Saturday.