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Rain Delays Harvest in Illinois – Results in Harvest Emergency

6 Nov 2017, 9:36 am

[“The seemingly endless cornfields of Central Illinois” by Ron Frazier is licensed under CC BY 2.0]

Due to delays in the fall harvest in Illinois, Governor Bruce Rauner has declared a harvest emergency. The declaration comes from the request by the Illinois Farm Bureau back on October 25th.

A wet fall with rain later in the season has prevented many farmers from working in their fields. Farmers also had delays in the Spring planting crops in the fields due to a rainy spring. This has put the harvest for soybeans and corn well behind seasonal averages. With the declaration, a farmer may request a special permit to haul more crops, getting them out of the fields and to market quicker. The permit allows up to a maximum of 10 percent more grain than the standard weight restriction of the gross, axle and registered weight restrictions that are usually in affect.

The Illinois Department of Transportation will be issuing the permits that will be in effect for 45 days.

For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Mace Michaels

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