Recent rainfall takes a toll on farmers

Recent rainfall takes a toll on farmers. (WRSP)

In just seven days, Springfield was hit with more than two inches of rain.

Weather experts said Illinois has been extremely dry, so the wet weather was needed.

However, local farmers said the rainfall brings worry.

"With only 100th of an inch in August, kind of set Springfield back a bit, but we're catching up with this kind of a rain fall here," said Ed Shimon, the senior meteorologist for the National Weather Service.

Joe Pickrell, with Pickrell Family Farms said the rain can negatively impact his crops.

"Of course with the rain you get a stoppage of harvest and we try to move through the harvest as quickly as possible to beat the snow and cold weather," explained Pickrell.

Pickrell has been a corn and soybean farmer for decades, both crops rely on dry weather.

Right now, he's stuck inside, rather than harvesting his crops.

However, he said wet weather isn't the only issue.

“Sometimes with rain or inclement weather you get a little bit of rain and that's really devastating, you don't want the crop to blow down," said Pickrell.

Losing everything during rainfall is always a risk, but it gives farmers like Pickrell a chance to focus on other things.

“There are advantages we've found, one of them is we can work on the equipment and it gives us a little rest as we come in earlier at night,” said Pickrell.

Pickrell says because the weather is so unpredictable, farmers have to roll with the punches.

"We can control a lot of things, but not mother nature," said Pickrell.

The national weather service said while there’s been a lot of rain this month, they expect to not see much rain next week.

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