Lake Country Illinois

Lake Country Illinois

Apr 25
Richard Vogen, Director, Planning and Research Development
  

We don’t often think of Illinois as the land of lakes, but if you have ventured almost anywhere in the prairie state over during the last week, you would have seen ponds and lakes appearing all over the landscape. Last summer, we couldn’t buy a drop of rain in Illinois and across much of the middle of the United States. But each year is different, and a mid-April deluge of precipitation fell on Illinois this past week. The rivers are still cresting in some areas, as communities downstream prepare for the flooding, especially in the Illinois River valley and on the Mississippi River below the confluence. Last year, planting was already well underway, with the warm and dry spring conditions. This year, it’s been cold and wet, and almost nothing is in the ground yet. Until it dries out and warms up, planting will be delayed. That means some farmers will consider switching acres from corn to soybeans, and as time goes by for planting and crop emergence, yields may be affected. So besides the obvious impact on communities in the way of the water, keep an eye on the rain’s effects on this early part of the season. That said, the precipitation has very much mitigated the lingering effects of the drought conditions, and crops do like to have some water to grow.