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U.S. Department of Agriculture set to detail drought's effect on Ill. crops

10:21 AM, Jan 11, 2013   |    comments
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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The impact last year's drought had on Illinois corn and soybean crops is about to be known.

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.

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