State agriculture disaster won’t stop local farmers

PEARL CITY (WREX) — Farmers are dealing with a disaster when it comes to planting this year and farmers like Jon Rosenstiel, owner of Rosenstiel Farms in Pearl City, say “In my estimation “disaster” is an accurate description.”

Last week — The U.S. Department of Agriculture declared an Agriculture Disaster in all Illinois counties. Primarily because the state saw torrential flooding this spring.

Rosenstiel is reporting that up to 25 percent of the planted crop is in poor condition at the farm due to the spring flooding. However, some farms in other counties have had up to 39 percent of crops not planted at all. This is something farmers have not seen in decades.

Rosenstiel has been operating the family-owned Rosenstiel Farms in Pearl City since the mid 90’s and has yet to see a season like this. He stated that ” In 1973, farmers had a very late start to the cropping season and then had a September frost. That crop was a very short crop in very poor condition.”

The Department of Agriculture says low-interest emergency loans are available to cover costs lost during the spring. Rosenstiel says a late frost will help get back on track. He’s hoping for a late October to early November frost. Rosenstiel says he will remain optimistic to bounce back from this spring and for a better season next year.

Tommie Owens

Tommie Owens

Weekend Meteorologist

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