(AP) -- The nation's worst drought in decades is worsening in other key Midwest
farm states, but Illinois
growers aren't likely to complain about what's going on in their state.
The U.S. Drought Monitor's weekly update shows 60 percent of the land in
the lower 48 states is experiencing some degree of drought. That's down less
than a percentage point from the previous week.
42 percent of the state is in some form of drought. But unlike much of the
Midwest, none of Illinois
is in the two worst drought classifications.
The U.S. Agriculture Department says Illinois
corn and soybean growers have virtually wrapped up their harvests and nearly
all of the winter wheat crop in Illinois
is now in the ground. Three-quarters of that crop has emerged.