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Topic - Stanley Blunier
At a time most years when farmers would be in full swing of planting corn, Stanley Blunier and most other growers near his central Illinois farm still hadn't begun the annual ritual on Tuesday because fields simply are too wet or too cold to be receptive to fragile seeds.
"I don't know if I'd say this is discouraging. I'm a farmer and know we're at the mercy of the weather, so we deal with whatever the good Lord gives us," he added. "It'll turn around eventually, and when it does a lot of corn will be put in the ground in a hurry."
"There are a few guys out nosing around in their fields, planting, but there's nothing very serious yet here," said Blunier, 62. "I'd be lying if I didn't say I'd like to be planting, and if everyone could do what they wanted we'd all be doing it."