Illinois farmers concerned weather could delay planting - KFVS12 News & Weather Cape Girardeau, Carbondale, Poplar Bluff

Illinois farmers concerned weather could delay planting

Illinois farmers are getting nervous that the long, cold and wet spring will delay the planting season. (Source: Stock image/Pixabay) Illinois farmers are getting nervous that the long, cold and wet spring will delay the planting season. (Source: Stock image/Pixabay)

CLINTON, Ill. (AP) - Illinois farmers are getting nervous that the long, cold and wet spring will delay the planting season.

Thomas Wargel is an accredited farm manager and the owner of Black Prairie Ag Services Inc. in Clinton. He tells The Pantagraph that the target planting date is typically around April 21.

The cold and wet weather means farmers will face low soil temperatures and saturated fields. Wargel says farmers don't want to start planting if soil temperatures can't sustain growth.

Central Illinois saw temperatures of about 75 degrees Fahrenheit (24 Celsius) Thursday, the first time since October that temperatures were warmer than 70 degrees Fahrenheit (21 Celsius).

National Weather Service meteorologist Eric Laufenberg says cooler weather will return and that parts of Illinois may see rain and snow over the weekend.

Information from: The Pantagraph, http://www.pantagraph.com

Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

  • Heartland NewsNewsMore>>

  • IL Distracted Driving Awareness Week April 23-37

    IL Distracted Driving Awareness Week April 23-37

    Sunday, April 22 2018 10:59 PM EDT2018-04-23 02:59:13 GMT
    Illinois State Police District 22 has announced it will again participate in Illinois Distracted Driving Awareness Week enforcement (Source: KFVS)Illinois State Police District 22 has announced it will again participate in Illinois Distracted Driving Awareness Week enforcement (Source: KFVS)
    (Source: KFVS)(Source: KFVS)

    Illinois State Police District 22 has announced it will again participate in Illinois Distracted Driving Awareness Week and conduct an enforcement campaign.

    Illinois State Police District 22 has announced it will again participate in Illinois Distracted Driving Awareness Week and conduct an enforcement campaign.

  • First Alert: Rain to continue overnight into Monday

    First Alert: Rain to continue overnight into Monday

    Sunday, April 22 2018 10:03 PM EDT2018-04-23 02:03:26 GMT
    The rain will continue overnight with cool temperatures, mainly remaining steady in the middle 50s. (Source: KFVS)The rain will continue overnight with cool temperatures, mainly remaining steady in the middle 50s. (Source: KFVS)

    The rain will continue overnight with cool temperatures, mainly remaining steady in the middle 50s.

    The rain will continue overnight with cool temperatures, mainly remaining steady in the middle 50s.

  • Lt. gov. to tour Continental Tire in Mt. Vernon, IL

    Lt. gov. to tour Continental Tire in Mt. Vernon, IL

    Sunday, April 22 2018 7:07 PM EDT2018-04-22 23:07:33 GMT
    The Lt. Governor will be in Mt. Vernon at Continental Tire (Source: Lt-Gov.IL)The Lt. Governor will be in Mt. Vernon at Continental Tire (Source: Lt-Gov.IL)

    The Illinois Lt. Governor will be in southern Illinois on Monday, April 23.  Lt. Gov. Evelyn Sanguinetti plans to tour Continental Tire.

    The Illinois Lt. Governor will be in southern Illinois on Monday, April 23.  Lt. Gov. Evelyn Sanguinetti plans to tour Continental Tire.

Powered by Frankly