Illinois soybean farmers hope for future rainfall

August 6, 2012

Scott Kanowsky

(Flickr/Jason Ippolito)

There’s not much hope for this year’s corn crop, but Illinois farmers say soybeans could have a better harvest.

The National Weather Service says more than 3 inches of rain hit parts of Northern Illinois this weekend—and more could fall this week.

Will County soybean farmer Dave Kestel calls it a “Godsend.”

“I feel blessed, I mean I feel very lucky. Because I know I have got a cousin that farms as close as Dwight and he only had a couple tenths of an inch and he was drier than we were to begin with," Kestel said. "So I feel bad for him, but in the same breath I feel pretty darn lucky here.”

Kestel says his soybeans ideally need 20 to 25 inches of rain per growing season. But he says he’d be fine with one or two inches this week.

"Fingers, arms, legs are all crossed," he said.

The National Weather Service says Northern Illinois averages a little more than 12 inches of rain per summer.