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.
With some Southeast Iowa farmers beginning to need rain, last weekend’s weather brought some rain but maybe not much relief.
The USDA has issued a report of saying despite a soggy planting season, farmers will still break records this year.
Iowa received almost twice its average amount of rainfall in April. The precipitation replenished soil moisture but delayed this spring’s planting.
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.