Rain will do good for only a few more days
12:23 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

Rain Window Closing for Soybeans

Rain will only increase soybean yields for the next few days. (Taken just west of Macomb on 9-16-2013)
Credit SSS

Drought conditions became worse in the Tri-States in recent weeks  even as some areas got much needed rain, and an agronomist with University of Illinois Extension warns rain will only do crops some good for a few more days.

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According to USDA Drought Monitor
9:10 am
Mon September 9, 2013

Tri-States in Severe Drought

Crop conditions West of Palmyra, Missouri as of 9-9-2013. Conditions are similar in Clark and Lewis Counties.
Credit Alix Carpenter, Agronomy Specialist University of Missouri Extension – Marion County

This week saw Southeast Iowa move from moderate to severe drought conditions, but dry conditions are getting worse across the Tri-States.

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Drainage Water Management
2:10 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

USDA Recommends New Practice to Combat Drought

Installing drainage water management device in Indiana. The NRCS is recommending Illinois farmers use the devices.
Credit Purdue University

The USDA wants farmers to use a new conservation practice to help control the water levels in their fields.

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From USDA Drought Monitor Data
6:24 am
Wed August 7, 2013

70% of Iowa Abnormally Dry

70 percent of Iowa is "abnormally dry" according to USDA.
Credit USDA

The latest USDA drought monitor map shows that 70 percent of Iowa is abnormally dry. That includes all of Des Moines, Henry and Lee counties.

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Bipartisan Bill introduced by IL Lawmakers
2:48 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Bill to Help Mississippi River Adapt to Drought

Credit http://greenbusinessmatters.com/

US Senator Dick Durbin of  Illinois recently introduced a bill to help the nation prepare to deal with the effects of future droughts on the Mississippi river.

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