Just two weeks ago it was drought that was causing many Illinois farmers some sleepless nights. And now its the weekend's record rainfall and ensuing flooding that are giving grief to corn and soybean producers in the northern and central parts of the state. Farmer Jared Finegan of Ashkum said the rainfall was "too much and too late" to bolster yields of soybeans and corn, and could have caused crop damage. Flooding may mean it could be two weeks until he's able to get into his fields. He says he thinks his soybeans will be ready before he can get into his fields. University of Illinois agricultural economist Stu Ellis said the heavy rains could provide the right environment for fungus to sprout and spread in soybean fields.
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