How Illinois Farmers Are Faring After Challenging Planting Season

How Illinois Farmers Are Faring After Challenging Planting Season
In this June 8, 2013 file photo, a central Illinois farmer continues planting corn seed into the evening in Farmingdale, Ill. Farmers in Illinois and the Midwest struggle to make ends meet after near-record flooding and record-breaking rainfall in 2019. Seth Perlman / Associated Press
How Illinois Farmers Are Faring After Challenging Planting Season
In this June 8, 2013 file photo, a central Illinois farmer continues planting corn seed into the evening in Farmingdale, Ill. Farmers in Illinois and the Midwest struggle to make ends meet after near-record flooding and record-breaking rainfall in 2019. Seth Perlman / Associated Press

How Illinois Farmers Are Faring After Challenging Planting Season

This year, near-record flooding and heavy rains have caused a lot of problems for farmers across the country — especially for farmers in Illinois and the rest of the Midwest.

The historic weather conditions coupled with other financial stressors have delayed, and in many cases prevented, farmers from planting their corn or soybean crops.

Morning Shift checks in with a sixth-generation Illinois farmer on how farmers are faring after a challenging planting season and what they’ll keep an eye on moving forward.

GUEST: Kate Huffman, sixth-generation Illinois farmer

LEARN MORE: USDA Sets Plans for $16 Billion in New Aid to Farmers (Wall Street Journal 7/25/19)

Gov. J.B. Pritzker urges U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to declare disaster for rain-soaked Illinois farmers (Chicago Tribune 7/3/19)