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Rain From Isaac Won’t Help Dried-Out Corn Crop In Illinois

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The drought is hurting farmers’ crops across Illinois. (Credit: CBS)

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CHICAGO (CBS) – Illinois going to get a little of the Isaac rain that had been aimed at the Gulf Coast, but likely not enough to affect Illinois agriculture.

State Climatologist Jim Angel with the Illinois water survey predicts what’s left of Isaac will rain on southern, central and parts of northern Illinois, but he says it’s too late to do much for the sun-baked corn crop now being harvested.

It might help the soybeans a bit.

“If it falls really fast, really hard rainfall, we could see a lot of erosion and we could see a lot of runoff and localized flooding,” he said. “If it’s more spread out over two or three days it might actually have a better chance of soaking in.”

Angel believes Isaac will pour somewhere between 3 to 5 inches of rain on southern and central Illinois.

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