Spring is off to a cold, wet start, and that has put off much of whatever outdoor work Illinois farmers have wanted to do. From the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service in Illinois, statistician Harvey Roemer says Central Illinois was not all that moist, but that was before the record snowfall hit Sunday.
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“It’s going to take a while to go away … because it’s going to have to thaw and penetrate the soil and get down into the subsoil before it really dries up,” Roemer says. “It’ll be a little bit yet before it can get dry enough to get out into the fields.” Temperatures for March have averaged about 32 degrees; typically, it’s closer to 40. The winter wheat crop in Illinois shows about two-thirds rated good to excellent.