The first shot of winter weather in Illinois had little impact on farming.
“There's very little standing crops, other than the winter wheat crop, which is like the grass in your yard; it's a few inches tall,” USDA Illinois statistician Mark Schleusener says. “That rain almost certainly helped. I have heard some people talk about how the rain came down really hard, really fast. That causes erosion and runoff, but, in terms of raising havoc with farmers' harvesting plans, there was little or none lot of that.”
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That wheat is 95 percent emerged, with 64 percent rated good to excellent.
Schleusener gives his final weekly report of 2015 Nov. 30.