Even though a few severe storms recently ripped through the area, the United States is still going through the worst drought in decades. This July has so far been the second hottest and driest on record for Illinois, the first was back in the 1930’s.
Many farmers downstate have cornfields that are not growing properly.
But here in the DuPage area, the crops are looking a little bit better.
“I was down in Central Illinois yesterday, some of those crops were in pretty bad shape,” said Bob Brackmann, President, DuPage County Farm Bureau. “I don’t know how much rain will help those crops. It will keep them from getting any worse. But the damage is pretty much done. In this area, we’re pretty far north for the state in the growing area. I think we’re just finishing up pollination so I think a little rain could do some good yet.”
The drought is not only causing economic hardships for farmers, but also, the whole country. It’s likely that food prices will rise as much as five percent.
But farmers have to be resilient in their field of work, many are already trying to put this year behind them so they can move on to next year.
48 counties in Illinois have already been declared disaster areas.
For more information visit drought.illinois.gov.
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