Waters Remain, Crops at Risk

By: Chip Brewster Email
By: Chip Brewster Email

FREEPORT (WIFR) -- Extreme heat, hurricane force winds, flash floods -- The past few weeks have been a roller coaster of weather. It's a ride that has left area farmers nauseas over potential loses.

"There was some... flooding."

We're all living through it this summer.

"There was some wind damage."

Battling bouts of severe weather.

"Those people suffer."

For Stateline farmers their livelihoods are exposed. First the extreme heat and cloudless skies sapped crops of their moisture now a single downpour has them drowning.

"Where that is flooded it's depriving that plant of nitrogen and oxygen," says Dave Patterson of the Pearl City Co-Op.

It's not how much water covers the plants but how long it's there.

"Within a two day period you should be fine. After that you're going to have some crop loss. It's proportional to how long."

While Northern Illinois' corn crop dries itself out the Pearl City Co-Op is wasting no time prepping for the rest of the season.

Spraying their fields with fungicide will ensure what's left makes it to harvest.

"It's helping the farmers to produce more and at the same time this is basically harmless."

The Co-Op has been crop dusting for more than a week. They're expected to wrap up the procedure around Thursday.

This season's weather wasn't all negative. The early heat allowed fields to be planted earlier as well which means most farmers will be out harvesting early October.

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