A cold month of March so far across Illinois
The cold winter continued, with rain and snow covering much of the state during the past month.
Temperatures averaged 7 degrees below normal. Precipitation was slightly below normal statewide, with the drier districts being across central Illinois. The cold and wet conditions have been not been beneficial to spring calving.
The winter wheat crop was rated as 9 percent poor, 26 percent fair, 57 percent good and 8 percent excellent.
Topsoil moisture was rated at 2 percent very short, 6 percent short, 81 percent adequate, and 11 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated as 11 percent very short, 26 short, 58 percent adequate and 5 percent surplus.
Producers were busy with moving corn and beans to market, and preparing machinery and equipment for spring planting.