Much of Illinois is experiencing a drought.Forty-six percent of the state is in drought, and 90 percent is at least abnormally dry, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor.

State climatologist Jim Angel says this drought isn’t as serious as the one last year, because this one had less impact on the corn and soybean crops. “Things are getting more serious now. From an agricultural perspective, it came on late enough that it probably had some impact on corn and soybeans, but not as bad as last year (when we) had a full-blown drought throughout the growing season,” he said,


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The drought has affected the grass on lawns and ball fields, and it has stressed trees, Angel says.

Angel says this year has been a tale of two halves: Plenty of rain, the most ever, in the first six months of the year, since which time it has just about stopped raining.

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