Farmers worry about the delayed corn crop season

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Reporter - Kathryn DiGisi

INA, Ill. - The excessive moisture and flooding have set the corn crop season back drastically, and now some farmers are worried they are going to lose a significant amount of money.

Farmers are wondering if their insurance providers will protect risky crops, or if it is even worth planting corn at all this season.

Every crop has an ideal growing season.

For corn, that time period is April 1 through June 5.

Now that time has passed, and farmers are wondering if it's worth their while to plant their crop.

Farming comes with its fair share of risks.

Scott Cully knows this first hand.

"We're quite a bit behind this year. Last year, it was very dry.  This year, it's very wet and we haven't been able to get into the field like we usually do," said Cully.

Not only does he grow corn, but he also works for a crop research and development company.

He spent the day planting a corn crop to research its growing patterns despite the wet weather.

He, like many other farmers, is worried that the failed crops will mean he is out of money.

Barry Adkisson is an insurance risk management specialist.

He says farmers should not feel desperate this season.

He fielded concerned farmers' questions at a meeting on Thursday, and he assured them that there are options.

Farmers can collect on a failed crop.

They can even make money by doing nothing at all by participating in a practice called "preventative planting."

"We can pay them actually not to plant anything for the year," said Adkisson.

Adkisson says the beauty of crop insurance is that it is not black and white.

"When it comes down to it, they must see their agent, talk to them to get the information they need that's pertaining exactly to them," said Adkisson.

Agents know that when it comes to farming there are a lot of variables and a lot of gray area.

Adkisson says it is insurance agent job to protect our farmers.

Unfortunately, the delayed corn season could mean you will be seeing higher prices at the grocery store.

 

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