(AP) -- The impact last year's drought had on Illinois corn and soybean crops is about to
The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Friday planned to issue its
long-awaited report recapping how U.S. crops fared under the strain
of the nation's worst drought in decades.
Illinois is one of the
country's biggest producers of corn and soybeans. The USDA's report is expected
to show a harvest that's smaller nationally but still surprisingly strong
considering the lingering drought.
A weekly tracker of the drought shows that 60 percent of the U.S. remains in
some form of drought, much as it has been since July. The U.S. Drought Monitor
reflects that 40 percent of Illinois
is experiencing drought.