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Massive Rains, Heavy Winds Impact Crops
Farms across central Illinois are looking good despite the storms that ripped through our area early Wednesday morning.
Many soybean fields are fairly flooded from the massive rains, and cornfields have some stalks leaning over.
Still, local farmers say they've seen only minor damage in most places. In fact, they are thankful for the rain, just not the heavy winds, which snapped some of the corn stalks out in the Williamsville area.
With more storms headed our way later this week, these farmers are a little nervous, especially since it's so early in the growing season.
"From this point up until it gets rooted down real well, when you get a huge wind like this, the corn's growing fast and it'll snap off," said Rochester farmer Larry Beaty.
Beaty says this is a crucial time for the crops. If their fields get too much water, it can ruin the crop, and if they get too little water, it can also ruin the crop.
He says ideally, they would have about an inch of rain every week.
Farmers are still 90 days from putting these crops into their bins, but so far, farmers are happy with the fields, saying it looks like it'll be another good season for central Illinois.