Drought Worsening Across Key Midwestern States
In Illinois, 42 percent of the state is in some form of drought. But unlike much of the Midwest, none of Illinois is in the two worst drought classifications. All of Marion, Fayette, and Clinton Counties are said to have returned to normal soil moisture conditions. Parts of Jefferson, Washington, Clay and Wayne Counties still have some areas in the abnormally dry category, the least severe listing on the drought monitor. Those are the same conditions listed in last week's drought monitor.
The U.S. Agriculture Department says Illinois corn and soybean growers have virtually wrapped up their harvests and nearly all of the winter wheat crop in Illinois is now in the ground. Three-quarters of that crop has emerged.
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