According to U of IL Extension
8:45 am
Fri August 9, 2013

Midweek Downpour not Enough for Farmers

A field North of Macomb, taken on August 8th, one day after a brief downpour.
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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.

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W IL crops also need rain.
3:56 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

Needed but Uneven Rains for SE Iowa

Some farmers received just a few drops of rain while some received 3.5 inches.
Credit SSS

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

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Most corn acres planted since 1936
4:00 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

US Corn Acres Up, Down for Iowa

The USDA report has the US planting the most corn acres since 1936.
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The USDA has issued a report of saying despite a soggy planting season, farmers will still break records this year.

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IA Rainfall in April Twice Average
3:21 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

Heavy Rain Delays Planting for Tri-States

USDA Weekly crop update for May 5th.
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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.

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Different amount of Rainfall key factor.
3:01 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Drought Hit Western IL Crops Unevenly


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.

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