A significant part of Illinois has moved out of drought conditions since 20-13 began. The Illinois State Water Survey says while January saw below-average snowfall, it did experience nearly two more inches of rain than usual. Bob Flider, director of the Illinois Department of Agriculture, says he's cautiously optimistic about escaping drought this year:
"You can't prepare for something that you don't know is going to happen. But what you know you can do is stay close to, in our case, the farmers and ag groups and try and work with them."
Flider cautions that 20-12 also began with plenty of rain. And he says although January rain was above average, the frozen ground prevented much of it from being absorbed.
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