University of Illinois Extension says the
3:02 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

Despite Drought, Western IL Farmers may be OK this Spring

Official USDA Drought Monitor Map
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Even though it's sometimes referred to as “this summer’s drought," Western Illinois is still in drought conditions.

The most recent USDA Drought Monitor Map lists the region as being in moderate drought.

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Food Assistance Also Available
3:34 pm
Tue December 11, 2012

Non-Profit Helps Those Needing Water

Shannon Duncan examines the US Drought Monitor Map.

Non-profits help those in the region who are in need of food.  Now because of the drought, an increasing number of people need help getting access to water as well.

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Rock Pinnacles Delays Barge Traffic
3:14 pm
Fri December 7, 2012

Drought Exposing Problems in the Mississippi

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The Illinois Corn Growers Association is calling for immediate action to keep the traffic moving on the Mississippi river.
The river has dropped because of this summer’s drought.  The group said that this is exposing underwater obstacles which are preventing barges from transporting goods along the river.

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Drought Has Hurt Both Rivers
4:09 pm
Mon December 3, 2012

Falling Water in the Mississippi Could be Helped by the Missouri

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The lower Mississippi River may soon experience record low levels last seen in the 1930’s.  That’s according to the Army Corps of Engineers, who are responsible for the Lock and Damn system which keeps the upper Mississippi navigable despite the drought.

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Younger Trees Struggled
9:47 am
Mon December 3, 2012

Drought Impacted Christmas Tree Growers

Credit Phil Weiss

This year's drought has taken a toll on a crop that gets more attention this time of year: Christmas trees.  But one expert says it has not affected sales.

"There is no shortage of trees, there's plenty to be had and the price hasn't gone up. What has gone up is basically based on inflation- nothing more. At least that's been my experience with people I've talked to in the industry," said David Daniken of the Illinois Christmas Tree Association.

Daniken works on a tree farm in Pocahontas, which is 40 miles east of St. Louis.

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