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Illinois Farmers Hit Hard By Historic Wet Weather

The past 12 months have been the wettest ever recorded in the continental U.S., and farmers in the corn and soybean belt are bearing the brunt.

Around this time of year, Illinois farmers usually have about 98 percent of their corn planted. But this year, they’ve only planted half.

Morning Shift looks into the struggles Illinois farmers are facing in the midst of an unusually wet spring and a year of record-setting rain.

GUESTS: Kate Huffman, sixth-generation Illinois farmer

Scott Irwin, agricultural economist at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

LEARN MORE: After a biblical spring, this is the week that could break the Corn Belt (Washington Post 6/4/19)

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