Flooding pushes back planting season


DECATUR -- All the rain and flooding in Central Illinois is frustrating some farmers by pushing back planting for this year's crop.

It's planting time right now, but some fields in Decatur have seen up to seven inches of rain in the past two weeks.

Farmer Dave Brown said the typical planting season runs from the middle of April until May 1, but all the moisture could keep farmers waiting another two weeks.

"We're not too worried yet, but we're getting concerned," Brown said. "It's time to go. And we can't. So the next week will be key for us to keep an eye on things."

In other parts near the Illinois River, it could be up to a month until some farmers can get planting.

Brown said farmers have until about May 10 before missing out on optimal corn yield.


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