Central Illinois crops are still behind after seasons of rough weather

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Peoria, Ill.,– Farmers are now on the sideline with crops that may- or may not- be ready in time for harvest.

A long winter paired with spring flooding pushed corn planting back to April, May and June which doesn’t match up to a normal year.

It’s July and the corn is now growing, but a handful of farmers have crops that are behind.

After three months of inconsistent planting, you can step outside and see corn of all different sizes.

Farmer Rob Asbell says corn crops are behind.

“At the fourth of July, you normally see chest high to six foot tall corn around this area. Rob Asbell, farmer in Brimfield said. “This year, you’re gonna see, well, knee high corn,”

Crop insurance agent, Ben Herrmann, said things are looking up for crops that did get planted on time.

“The early planted corn has considerably more growth, it’s in a lot better position to stand this heat we’re experiencing right now, because the row is basically shaded and it’s protecting the soil from heating up and from drying out,”Ben Herrmann, owner of Herrmann Integrated Agronomy said.

Asbell said he planted beans this year and the road has been long.

“The early, early beans have really struggled because they sat in cold for six weeks.” Asbell said. “The beans we got planted in May look the best, even the beans planted in June really are not that bad, in fact they’re probably gonna be just fine.”

With a lot of damaged goods and less corn and soybeans, Herrmann said insurance is likely to take a hit.

“It will be a loss scenario on a scale that the crop insurance industry hasn’t seen for decades,” Herrmann said.

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