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Published September 28, 2010, 11:13 AM

Wet and warm Illinois summer affects harvests

EAST MOLINE, Ill. — Some Illinois farmers say one of the state’s warmest and wettest summers ever is causing problems.

EAST MOLINE, Ill. — Some Illinois farmers say one of the state’s warmest and wettest summers ever is causing problems.

According to the Illinois Water Survey, more than 16 inches fell on average around the state. That’s 5 inches more than normal.

Susie Andrews and her husband own Happy Hollow U-Pick fruit and vegetable farm in East Moline.

She says pumpkin production from the 5 acres they planted this year is probably half what it should be and the couple lost another 5 acres of sweet corn to a combination of rain, deer and raccoons.

Illinois is having the opposite problem as other states.

In much of the eastern U.S., abnormally dry conditions have forced some states to issue drought warnings and raised the risk of brush fires.

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