drought

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

Drought Hit Western IL Crops Unevenly

Credit ag.purdue.edu

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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real-time soil moisture readings online.
9:51 am
Mon February 18, 2013

Sensor Network to Provide IA Drought Data

Credit ISU Extension

During last summer’s drought it was difficult for farmers to get accurate data on how dry the soil was. An Iowa State University project that’s been in the works for several years, will change that.

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Down by 1,000 from 2011
3:38 pm
Mon January 28, 2013

IL Deer Harvest Largely Unaffected by Drought

Credit doublearrowhunting.com

One thing the ongoing drought did not seem to affect was the number of deer in Illinois. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources said hunters killed nearly 181-thousand deer, only one thousand less than one year ago.

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Worse on Corn than Soybeans
2:38 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

How Bad was the Drought for IL Farmers in 2012?

Drought Damaged Soybeans in 2012
Credit ag.purdue.edu

It was fairly obvious  that the drought hit farmers hard this year, but how hard?
For Illinois, both corn and soybean yield were below expectations for 2012.  But Angie Peltier with the Monmouth office of University of Illinois Extension says soybeans fared much better than corn.

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Dry Soil Contributing
10:17 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

Cities Experiencing Water Main Breaks

Cities throughout the Tri-State region are seeing an increase in broken water lines.

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