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Farmers Still Waiting to Plant

Monday, 29 April 2013

The rain has stopped falling, but the damage is already done. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, most of Illinois' farmland is either partially flooded, or too muddy to begin planting. The department says only 1% of crops have been planted so far this season, when in an average year, about a quarter of expected crops are in the ground. Another concern for farmers might be insurance issues, since last seasons drought forced many of them to use their farmers insurance to pay for what was lost. Ideally, farmers say both corn and soybeans should be in the ground the first of May for best yield potential.

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