The harvest is here in the Heartland and farmers are busy gathering the fruits of their labor, but this year’s record-breaking floodwaters ravaged hundreds of square miles of crops.
Alexander County farmer Joe Schneider said the worst part of 2015 for Illinois farmers was the months of June and July.
June month showed the most rainfall ever recorded in the state of Illinois, which left many fields covered with several feet of water.
Joe Schneider said he lost half of his soybean crop in Alexander Co this year, and 20 percent of his corn crop.
“This year, our acreage is tremendously cut down,” said fellow-farmer Sam Schneider. “We’re working all year for nothing.”
“Normally, we can expect 50-60 bushels of soybean from this crop each year, but this year that number is looking more like eight.” Joe Schneider explained. “When you have a production loss like that, you’re taking all that money out of your pocket to stay in business.”
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, more than half of all Illinois soybean crops were severely damaged by floodwaters in 2015.
After the floods, Illinois asked the federal government for a disaster declaration, but that declaration was never made.