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Extremely Dry Times Ahead

Posted: 09/25/2012 - Several computer models suggest pleasantly mild Autumn weather pattern to have staying power!

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Rain's on the Way, Drought's Improving

Posted: 09/06/2012 - We're not out of the woods just yet, but the combination of healthy rains from Isaac's remnants last weekend and potentially significant rains over a widespread area Friday have infused optimism and progress into our current anti-drought efforts!

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USDA Cuts Corn Outlook as Drought Takes Toll

Posted: 08/10/2012 - The U.S. Agriculture Department is predicting what could be the lowest average corn yield in more than 15 years as the worst drought in decades scorches major farm states.

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Temporary End of the Heat Era in Sight

Posted: 08/07/2012 - Some of the coolest air of Summer, 2012 is to arrive shortly, promising perhaps the coolest week of the season to date!

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USDA: Corn, Soy Crops Grow Slightly Worse

Posted: 08/06/2012 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture says the condition of country's corn and soybean crops hasn't gotten much worse in the past week but large portions remain in poor shape amid widespread drought.

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Horses Struggling to Survive the Drought

Updated: 08/03/2012 - Spring and summer are when horses graze in pasture, filling up on healthy green grass. But this year, the pastures are brown and dry.

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Tips for a Healthy Garden During a Drought

Posted: 07/27/2012 - Vegetables cannot go dormant in times of drought like your lawn will, says Extension Horticulture Educator, Candice Miller. Therefore additional watering is necessary to keep a healthy vegetable garden during this year’s drought. In the vegetable garden, there are certain times in the growth cycle where having moisture is especially important. As a rule of thumb, water is most critical during the first few weeks of development, immediately after transplanting, and during flowering and fruit production.

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Rockford Power Outage Update

Posted: 07/24/2012 - As of 8:00 p.m. ComEd is reporting 2,700 homes and businesses are still in the dark.

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