Illinois farmer welcomes rain

An Illinois farmer says showers moving through the Midwest are bringing much needed relief to corn and soybean fields.

“Corn is starting to role in our part of the neighborhood so rain is the number one need right now.  What we see out in the countryside?  You just see everything.  You’ll see a beautiful field of corn that’s virtually knee high and right next to it you’ll see a corn field that just got planted.”

Doug Schroeder tells Brownfield 2017 has been a challenging year to farm. He say after a cool, wet start to the growing season, crops near his Champaign County farm have had less than three inches of rain during May.  “We’ve had frost, we had dust storms that actually killed some of our crops.  I had to replant because of that.  Now the big thing is hot and dry.”

Schroeder spoke with Brownfield during the recent Illinois Soybean Association Transportation Tour.

AUDIO: Interview with Doug Schroeder

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