Dry conditions impact Illinois’ soil moisture

Warmer, drier conditions were the big ag weather feature for Illinois in February.

The USDA says average statewide temperatures were 10 degrees above usual levels, while precipitation was more than an inch short of normal, impacting soil moisture levels ahead of spring planting.

66% of Illinois’ winter wheat crop is in good to excellent condition, a drop of 9% from late January.

The USDA’s weekly crop progress and condition reports resume in April.

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