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 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
Roemer says it’s going to take a while for the snow 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. He adds it will be a little bit yet before it will be 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.