#Grow15 Sopping Wet in Indiana and Illinois
#Grow15 Road Trip to Illinois and Indiana
One of the fun parts of this job is traveling the countryside in search of stories to tell about the United States’ greatest industry—agriculture. One of my trips earlier this month took me into Indiana and Illinois. One downer of this trip, though, was wondering how farmers were coping with flood-ravaged fields.
Rampant rainfall started my first night, when my cell phone flashed flash flood warnings after crossing the Iowa/Illinois border at the Quad Cities. This rain reached northwestern Indiana in this uneven cornfield north of West Lafayette.
It didn’t get any better as I neared the Indiana/Illinois border. This flooded field was just west of Kentland in northwestern Indiana. This flooding was the norm in this area.
Even soybeans that aren’t flooded are fighting a battle. Soaked soils can provide a haven to pathogens that afflict soybeans. Hopefully, drier conditions are on the way.
The Upraised Middle Finger (Sort of) of Waterhemp
If dry weather does arrive though, waterhemp will continue to thrive. Ever feel when you’re walking through a soybean field with waterhemp that you’re getting the weed world’s version of dozens of upraised middle fingers when you see this pigweed family member?
Water Lapping Up To The Road
It wasn’t getting any better in neighboring fields, either, where water was lapping up to the road. This road reminded me of the situation in my home country in northeastern South Dakota from 2008 to 2011, when water ran over gravel roads and muskrats were thick as flies.
It didn’t get any better when I crossed the Illinois border. Low areas, like this one near Sheldon in east-central Illinois, were full of floodwater that leveled corn.
Not All Is Lost, Though
This field at Dwight just off I-55 heading northward into Chicago featured some nice soybeans—albeit in soaked soils. Hopefully, this weather will turn to enable fields like these to dry out.
flooded fields, soybean disease, waterhemp, water going over roads