Farmer didn’t suppose 2020 could possibly be as unhealthy as 2019
2019 was a 12 months farmers received’t quickly neglect and 2020 has already made historical past. Like many farmers, Northwest Illinois corn and soybean producer Kate Danner was able to put the struggles of 2019 behind her.
“Spring flooding was a drought within the muddle of the summer time after which we had snow on Halloween after which the river flooded once more. Belongings you didn’t suppose have been attainable all occurred within the matter of six months. It was simply unbelievable.”
She says she got here into the brand new decade with an excessive amount of optimism, however then got here COVID-19.
“Now with the pandemic, I very a lot owe an apology to 2019 for the best way that I’ve talked about it as a result of 2020 will not be shaping as much as be a lot better.”
Danner says whereas COVID-19 has impacted futures markets, it has not slowed down planting preparation. Climate, nevertheless, is following final 12 months’s pattern with spring flooding in her space after three inches of snow Thursday night time.
Nonetheless, Danner stays optimistic for a greater rising season and says with temperatures headed for the 60’s this week, she ought to have the ability to begin planting soybeans.
Danner serves as an At-Giant Director for the Illinois Corn Growers Affiliation.