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Southern Illinois Drought Finally Starts To Ease

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Withered corn during a drought

SPRINGFIELD, IL. (IRN) – Southern Illinois is getting enough rain to replenish the moisture on the farm.

Rainfall was above average throughout the region over the past week in Southern Illinois: one inch in the West Southwest region, .39 inches above normal; 2.05 inches in the East Southeast region, 1.38 inches above normal; 1.54 inches in the Southwest region, 0.95 inches above normal; and 1.58 inches in the Southeast region, 0.97 inches above normal, according to the weekly crop progress and weather report from the USDA.

“Their topsoil moisture and their subsoil moisture are finally starting to be replenished. We actually have some surplus category readings from the southern third of the state, so that’s good news. They’ve been so dry all summer and now they’re finally getting some of that moisture back,” said USDA crop statistician Brad Schwab.

Statewide, topsoil moisture is now 44 percent adequate and 4 percent surplus – not enough to help this year’s corn and soybeans, but the moisture will be needed for next year.

Corn is now 71 percent harvested, well ahead of normal. Beans are 22 percent harvested, which is average.

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