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This summer in cornfields in Iowa and Nebraska, about a thousand small point-and-shoot digital cameras will be enclosed in waterproof cases, mounted on poles, and attached to solar-powered battery chargers. They will take pictures every ten minutes as plants grow; all part of a plan to create better seeds.

Crop Dusting Pilots Navigate Dangerous Airspace

Dec 1, 2014
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Mike Lee steers his plane over the Missouri-Arkansas state line, checking out a checkerboard of green and brown fields of rice, cotton, corn and soybeans.

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The snow and freezing temperatures this week in the tri-state region should not have much of an impact on local corn planting.

Harvest Almost Done, Yields "All Over the Place"

Nov 6, 2013
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With most of the harvest in, farmers are getting a good sense of how crops were affected by this year’s extremely wet spring and abnormally dry summer.

Tougher Decisions for Farmers This Harvest

Oct 16, 2013
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This harvest season  farmers are having a tougher time deciding what to do with their crops once they’re out of the field.

Late Planting Means Late Harvest

Oct 10, 2013
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A wet spring put some farmers in the behind schedule and even forced some to replant their crops. Data on how the harvest is progressing in each of the Tri-States is harder to come by than usual.

Dry Weather Could Hurt Cover Crops

Aug 22, 2013
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The USDA has issued a report saying over half of Illinois, and over 80 percent of Iowa is abnormally dry but corn and soybeans are not the only crops at risk if the dry weather continues.

Midweek Downpour not Enough for Farmers

Aug 9, 2013
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The rain that areas of Western Illinois saw on Wednesday was enough to keep crops "one step ahead” of drought stress, but not enough to keep crops satisfied in the long term.

Needed but Uneven Rains for SE Iowa

Jul 23, 2013
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With some Southeast Iowa farmers beginning to need rain, last weekend’s weather brought some rain but maybe not much relief.

US Corn Acres Up, Down for Iowa

Jul 1, 2013
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The USDA has issued a report of saying despite a soggy planting season, farmers will still break records this year.

Heavy Rain Delays Planting for Tri-States

May 7, 2013
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Iowa received almost twice its average amount of rainfall in April.  The precipitation replenished soil moisture but delayed this spring’s planting.

Drought Hit Western IL Crops Unevenly

Mar 5, 2013
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Recently released numbers by the USDA show that the drought affected crop yields last hear differently across Western Illinois.

Corn yields in McDonough and Mason counties were down thirty bushels per acre from last year.  Adams and Pike County were down 60 bushels while Mercer County was actually up twenty.

Corn Unlikely to Recover from Drought

Jul 17, 2012

Illinois State Climatologist Jim Angel says the current drought conditions have been slowly developing since the start of the calendar year.

"Every month, this year, has been below normal on precipitation and above normal on temperatures," says Angel.  "You get that combination going and we were drying out in March, which is normally the 'budding' month."

Angel says the situation was not helped by a dry winter, which depleted some soil moisture, and less rain last summer and fall.

He says the drought is also feeding on itself.