Record rainfall affect on local crops


This June set a new record in Rockford for the most monthly rain (14 inches) since scientists started keeping track.

We spoke with an area farmer who says the rain in late June is actually a good thing for most of the crops.

Last year the rain came in late April into early June. It became a challenge for farmers to get their seeds planted.

We spoke to a local farmer who says the corn is doing well, but the soybeans are being affected by the stagnant water now left in the fields. The main crop he’s worried about is wheat.

David Hunt says, “Actually, the heavy rains had a lot of the wheat fall over, so we have a lot of damage to our wheat. Hopefully it won’t affect our yield too much. It’s going to make harvest difficult. It’s really important to have the wheat crop dry as we harvest it, to get it through the combine.”

Hunt says the wheat harvest will begin in about two weeks.

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