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Warm, wet start to the year for Illinois

2024 started a little warmer and wetter than normal in Illinois.

The USDA says the average statewide temperature was nearly 40 degrees, more than 9 above regular levels, while statewide rainfall was fractionally higher than usual.

That slightly better rainfall is welcome, with 28% of topsoil and 60% of subsoil short to very short of moisture, both above year ago levels.

55% of Illinois’ winter wheat crop is in good to excellent condition, with 34% called fair.

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

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