PEORIA, Ill – Central Illinois farmers are still behind after wet weather continues to wreak havoc on fields.
The United States Department of Agriculture reports less than 15% of the year’s corn has been planted for the area. Compared to this time last year, more than 80% of all the corn was already in the ground. The amount of soybeans planted is now less than 10% of farmer’s quotas. Peoria County Farm Bureau Manager Patrick Kirchhofer says he hopes conditions improve soon.
“Farmers are definitely feeling nervous as we’re bucking up against some nasty weather, rainy weather, and as a farmer, you just have to be patient. You have to wait until the soil conditions are right before you put the seed in the ground,” said Patrick Kirchhofer, manager of Peoria County Farm Bureau.
The Farm Bureau reports that the typical deadline for corn to be planted is usually by the middle of May.
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