The Bloomington-based Illinois Farm Bureau is predicting many crops in southern Illinois could be lost because of drought. A recent federal report said 70 percent of the state of Illinois is currently experiencing "abnormally dry" to "extreme drought" conditions. John Hawkins is a spokesman for the Illinois Farm Bureau. He says corn and soy bean crops in southern Illinois have been hardest hit:
"I've actually seen some farmer photos in deep southern Illinois where I could call certain fields just basically a total loss."
Hawkins says it's still too early to say exactly how many crops will be lost, but says any expectations for normal or above normal crop yields are "out the window."
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