Hawkins said Wednesday, in his words, ``It's kind of like the Three Bears. The north's too dry, the south's too wet and the central is just right.''
Through June, rainfall was uneven across the state. Parts of northern Illinois are still mired in a 10-month drought, but the East St. Louis area and the deep south are soaked.
Hawkins said that so far, wet has posed more of a problem than dry for the state's farmers.
About 200 thousand acres in southern Illinois had to be switched to soybeans after soggy fields delayed corn planting. Some crops in the northern third of the state are a little parched, but moisture isn't a critical problem yet.
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