Farmers wait to survey damage caused by weekend rain

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (AP) — Central Illinois farmers say it’s too soon to tell whether weekend rains will have a long-term effect on their crops. According to National Weather Service meteorologist John Parr, rain totals from the weekend storms varied greatly across the state. About 3.5 inches was recorded five miles west of Bloomington. Most other reporting stations received between 1 and 2 inches. The Pantagraph reports that farmers in areas receiving heavier rainfalls say it will take days before they can tell how much of their crops were lost to wash-outs or drown-outs. The USDA says in its weekly crop report for Illinois that rain is hindering fieldwork for some producers in the southern part of the state. But dry conditions elsewhere are letting farmers plant soybeans and sorghum.