Peoria County Farm Bureau

Crops Looking Good So Far This Year After Dismal 2019

Jun 22, 2020

Farmers are hopeful this season for good crops in the fall.

The near-term outlook for central Illinois farmers isn’t bright. That’s according to Peoria County Farm Bureau manager Patrick Kirchhofer. 

The early snowfall this year is another frustration for farmers who have faced down difficult weather all year. 

Central Illinois isn’t exactly seeing knee-high corn by the 4th of July this year.

Peoria County Farm Bureau Manager Patrick Kirchhoffer said the corn crop is “all over the place” this year due to delays caused by wet weather.

“We’ve got corn that’s chest-high in the Peoria area, and we’ve got corn that’s ankle-high. So it’s going to be a very long harvest season come this fall," he said. 

Kirchhoffer says this is the first year he can remember where farmers were planting over three months: April, May and June. Usually, the planting process takes just two weeks.

Sen. Duckworth: Keep Crop Insurance at Current Levels

Feb 20, 2018
Sen. Tammy Duckworth / Facebook

President Donald Trump has proposed a 33 percent cut to the crop insurance program. That has left area farmers concerned about their ability to weather any storms that could damage their crops. A group of farmers gathered at the Peoria County Farm Bureau Monday and told U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth crop insurance not only should be kept at current levels, it should be expanded to dairy farmers.