Agriculture officials say Illinois farmers have a lot to be thankful for this season.
Corn and soybeans weathered last summer's drought better than many expected. The U.S Department of Agriculture estimates the state's drought losses at $850 million. That's down from a pre-harvest forecast of $1 billion in August.
The Illinois Farm Bureau president credits better seed genetics and field management for cutting losses. Also, soybeans are more drought resistant and produced their second-best yield ever.