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Wet, muddy ground delays corn planting in Illinois

GRAND RIDGE (AP) — Recent rain that has rivers overflowing and homes flooded in Illinois also is holding back farmers who would normally be planting corn now.

Darren Walter and his family farm about 2,000 acres about 90 miles southwest of Chicago in Grand Ridge. He says his area has had about 7 ½ inches of rain this month. The ground is too wet and muddy for him to get equipment in to start planting, and he says the area needs warm weather to dry it out.

Walter said Thursday that the temperature is still into the 30s at night.

But he says his real concern right now is for friends and neighbors dealing with flooding from the Illinois River. He says compared to that, a planting delay doesn't seem like a big deal.

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