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Portions of Illinois Declared Disaster Areas From Lack of Storms

November 06, 2011

Chicago Real Estate Forum just wrote about the prices of peanut butter soaring due to severe heat and drought conditions in the south during this summer’s growing season.

It seems those conditions affected Illinois crops as well.

suffering corn cropsThe U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has approved a request for disaster aid to help Illinois farmers who lost crops this years due to drought and excessive heat.

Forty-four counties in the state have been declared natural disaster areas, and another 33 contiguous counties will receive federal assistance in the form of low-interest emergency loans.

After getting above-average rainfall in the spring, summer followed with significantly below-average rainfall in the middle third of the state from July to September, key months for crop development.

Much of these counties saw rainfall deficits of two to four inches, according to the Illinois State Water Survey, and parts of west-central Illinois recorded almost seven inches less than normal.

In addition, temperatures during this time were extremely high, recording the fourth warmest July ever.

“Illinois is home to some of the best crops in the world, and this year was especially tough for our famers,” said Illinois Governor Pat Quinn. “After battling spring flooding, many farmers in these counties lost their crops to drought in the following months. These loans will help those farmers refinance debt, cover production costs, and pay essential family living expenses.”

The 44 counties declared as primary disaster area:

Adams

Brown

Champaign

Christian

Clark

Clay

Clinton

Crawford

Cumberland

Douglas

Edgar

Edwards

Effingham

Fayette

Ford

Franklin

Fulton

Gallatin

Hamilton

Hancock

Hardin

Henry

Iroquois

Jasper

Jefferson

Johnson

Knox

Lawrence

Macon

Marion

Massac

McDonough

McLean

Morgan

Piatt

Pope

Richland

Rock Island

Saline

Shelby

Vermilion

Wabash

Wayne

Williamson

The 33 contiguous counties approved for disaster assistance:

Bond

Bureau

Cass

Coles

DeWitt

Greene

Henderson

Jackson

Kankakee

Livingston

Logan

Macoupin

Madison

Mason

Mercer

Montgomery

Moultrie

Peoria

Perry

Pike

Pulaski

Sangamon

Schuyler

Scott

St. Clair

Stark

Tazewell

Union

Warren

Washington

White

Whiteside

Woodford

Farmers who believe they may qualify for disaster assistance should contact their county Farm Service Agency office. Farmers have eight months from the date of the declaration to apply for assistance.

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