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Harvest Emergency in Illinois

Heavy rains have made for a slow harvest in Illinois.

Posted: Nov 6, 2017 5:50 PM
Updated: Nov 6, 2017 6:30 PM

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - Planting and harvest season has been a roller coaster for midwest farmers this year.

So much so in fact, that Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner has declared an "emergency harvest" for the state.

This is because Illinois is 11 points behind their 5 year average for harvest.

Chuck Curran is a farmer in Vigo County who also happens to own farmland in Illinois.

He says although his harvest is done in Illinois, he knows plenty of farmers are still behind.

"It'll be a help for them because like I said, you know, you can haul just a little bit more and it might save you maybe one less trip from the field somewhere."

This emergency harvest means a farmer can haul 10 percent more of the maximum weight allowed on roadways. Now this does exclude interstate highways, and to do so, you have to get a permit from the Department of Transportation.

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