KINGSTON, ILLINOIS - Labor Day brought
no relief for the farmers of northern
crop consulting business is doing well because of the drought, but he's had to
lend a helping hand to his father, Russ, who's a farmer in
"Our conventional herbicides weren't working, so we were doing things like going out and manually removing weeds or cultivating fields, which is a time consuming process," said Deverell.
Many of Deverell's clients even had to replant complete fields after heat and drought rendered them dried and withered, left for dead. Providing for the family farm's pigs has also involved working harder. The lack of corn has the price for grain feed rising. With less corn, farmers have had to consult Deverell on what to do.
"A lot of farmers worry if they have sold too much corn ahead of time," said Deverell. "They'll consult with us on, 'Well how much do they really have out there.'"
Weather Service's drought forecast through the end of November marks improving
rain conditions for farmers in and around
"We could help some of the soybeans but even there, once we start seeing them turn yellow, there's not much you can do further," Deverell said.
Brandon Arnold, WTVO/WQRF meteorologist, says although the rain might not help now, it may bode well for the future.
"The rain that we're
going to be seeing over the coming weeks and months is still very important
because that helps set us up for next year," said
"We still need to get that rain especially during the winter months to make sure we don't have a repeat of what we saw this summer."
Farmers may not have to worry about next year having a drought. Agriculture Bio-Tech firm Monsanto just rolled out drought-resistant corn seed, which according to reports say farmers are very interested in for next year.