Heavy Rains Cause Flooding in Illinois Farm Fields, Rivers

June 17, 2015 10:07 AM
Heavy Rains Cause Flooding in Illinois Farm Fields, Rivers

Farmers in Illinois are struggling because recent heavy rains are keeping them from fieldwork and preventing them from planting.

Monte and Susan Van Dyke, who live along the Effingham-Clay county line, say they will have to replant 300 acres of soybeans. Susan Van Dyke says areas of their fields are so flooded that they're almost like little lakes, complete with geese swimming on them.

The Illinois state climatologist says the average statewide rainfall Tuesday of 3.9 inches was just shy of the historic average for all of June.

Heavy storms earlier this month also flooded farms with several inches of rain. The Kankakee River was closed Saturday because of flooding and remains off limits to boaters.

Forecasters and farmers expect it could take one to two weeks for fields to dry and rivers to recede.

What do the fields look like in your area? Let us know in the comments.

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Spell Check

West Liberty, IL
6/21/2015 10:02 AM

  Donny, 4 years of tough times? What did your corn make in 2012? 90% of Corn here in southern IL was disked under. In 2013 60% of our beans were planted the middle of July because of constant flooding. Bottom line there are weather problems somewhere every year, some people just seem to think they are always in the worst spot when actually we all have good and bad years.

Randy Bounds
Pontiac, IL
6/17/2015 07:04 PM

  Central Illinois is very wet with as much as 8-10 percent of every field suffering permanent yield reductions. The good and great areas of the fields will not lift the poor areas high enough to reach our trend line yields.

Algona, IA
6/17/2015 10:22 PM

  Randy Iowa and Minnesota have had problems for the four years but no one cares until the Number 2 corn state and the home of cbot, because Number 1 corn state Iowa and number 3 Minnesota doesn't matter. WE WILL RUN OUT OF CORN AND BEANS IN SEPT. IN THE UPPER MIDWEST, if not sooner


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