McLean County Farm Bureau

Devastating Downpours

Farmers across Edwards, Richland and Wayne counties are surveying the damage left behind from heavy flooding. “In 50 years, I’ve never seen this,” said Wayne County Farmer Jacqueline O’Daniel. Farmers and crop specialists throughout southeastern Illinois shared stories of standing water in farm fields, hundreds of acres of corn and soybeans pushed to the ground and roads completely washed out. READ MORE


“It breaks your heart some days.” In northwestern Illinois, heavy rain and flooding damaged homes and crops as rivers and creeks escaped their banks. FarmWeek’s Kay Shipman spoke with Stephenson County Farm Bureau Directors Greg Miller and Scott Brenner, who recalled anxiously watching as local rivers and creeks overflowed and the devastation that followed in homes and in farmfields.