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Drought resources

Posted by Russel Higgins -

As of July 10th the entirety of Illinois is officially under a drought status according to the US Drought Monitor. As this weather pattern continues many questions ranging from survivability of the crop to emergency forage harvesting opportunities have arisen. The University of Illinois has posted the Illinois Drought Resources website.

The site can be accessed at

It contains the most recent information about the impact of the drought on crops, livestock, and home gardens, as well as discussions of financial considerations.

The website also serves as a portal to other useful resources. These include links to:

  • Drought-monitoring sites for the Midwest, Central Illinois, and the United States,
  • The Illinois State Water Survey,
  • The USDA's Disaster Assistance Program,
  • The Orr Agricultural Research and Demonstration Center,
  • The American Society of Agronomy's Managing through the Drought Resources web page, which has links to information that has been posted at other Land Grant universities.

Announcements of upcoming events related to the drought will also be posted here.

The drought has affected most of our neighbors as well; additional information has been posted on their respective state web sites, including Wisconsin and Purdue. They can be reached here

My postings will be limited this week as I attend the National Association of County Agricultural Agents annual meeting in Charleston, South Carolina. My hope was that if I left Northern Illinois it may finally rain, my wish came partially true but unfortunately in the wrong geographic area. It has poured rain here in South Carolina, and it is refreshing to see green plants. In visiting with my peers from across the country it truly puts the economic damage into perspective from the affected areas or states. I will try to bring some of this southern rain back to Illinois on my return trip!

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