A cold, active February across Illinois...
During the month of February, temperatures across the Land of Lincoln continued to be below normal while precipitation was above normal throughout the state. Much of the state was hit with heavy snow early in the month with total snowfall for the month ranging from less than 6 inches to more than 24 inches.
Much of the wheat crop had been blanketed by snow for the first half of the month and still remains dormant. February also marked the beginning of calving season for many cattle operations throughout Illinois.
Topsoil moisture was rated 2 percent short, 58 percent adequate, and 40 percent surplus. Winter wheat conditions stand at 3 percent very poor, 15 percent poor, 46 percent fair, 32 percent good, and 4 percent excellent.