Central Illinois farmers say it's too soon to tell whether weekend rains will have a long-term effect on their crops.
According to National Weather Service meteorologist John Parr, rain totals from the weekend storms varied greatly across the state. About 3.5 inches was recorded five miles west of Bloomington. Most other reporting stations received between 1 and 2 inches.
"It was an interesting system." Parr said. "There was a report of a tree down in Chenoa and a funnel cloud was spotted near Lexington, but basically, just a lot of rain."
The Pantagraph reports that farmers in areas receiving heavier rainfalls say it will take days before they can tell how much of their crops were lost to wash-outs or drown-outs.
"If it drowns the beans, we probably still have time to replant. If it's corn, it's probably too late for that," said Mark Hines, who farms southeast of Bloomington. "It was too much and it came too fast."
Hines recorded up to 2.7 inches of rain on his property Monday, leaving water standing in several fields.
The USDA says in its weekly crop report for Illinois that rain is hindering fieldwork for some producers in the southern part of the state. But dry conditions elsewhere are letting farmers plant soybeans and sorghum.
Last year, Illinois led the nation in soybean production with a total crop of 547.68 million bushels and a state-wide average yield of 56 bushels an acre. Illinois corn farmers produced an average yield of 200 bushels an acre, for a statewide total of 2.35 billion bushels, according to Illinois Farmer Today.