Bob Flider’s (pictured) first year as director of the Illinois Department of Agriculture could not have been much worse, if you are considering only the 2012 rainfall.   “Everyone was so optimistic – a great spring, everybody got into the fields early,” says Flider.  “The combination of the heat and the lack of moisture had a tremendous impact of the yields that we saw. We’re still dealing with some of the impacts of the drought … we did have some aflatoxin in the corn.”
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The drought was the nation’s worst since 1988.  Flider says indications are for 2013 to be a normal year for rain.  “If it’s going to be an average year,” Flider says, “it’s going to be a far cry better than last year.”
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