Niemerg: Vermilion Co. Farmer Cautious about Drought Possibility

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A forecast with little-to-no precipitation has the potential to cause rapid on-set drought conditions for farmers in Illinois. Data released this week indicates about half of the counties in Illinois are “Abnormally Dry.”

Despite the dry conditions, Bryan Severs, a third generation farmer in Vermilion County and the treasurer for the Illinois Soybean Association, says that his crops are looking great right now. He does admit, though, that it’s dusty and dry on his operation, with rainfall falling short of the average. “We haven’t had a decent rain for a good ten days,” Severs says. “There’s dust everywhere. Hopefully we get rain in the next ten days.”

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