rain http://northernpublicradio.org en Dry Spell Could Affect Illinois Crops http://northernpublicradio.org/post/dry-spell-could-affect-illinois-crops <p>Northern Illinois farmers are hoping for more precipitation ahead of this year's growing season. Agriculture officials say the combination of last year's drought and the relatively dry winter have left the region well short of normal precipitation levels. Wed, 16 Jan 2013 12:34:29 +0000 Mike Moen 24097 at http://northernpublicradio.org Dry Spell Could Affect Illinois Crops Dust storms and withered leaves: Illinois' mini-drought http://northernpublicradio.org/post/dust-storms-and-withered-leaves-illinois-mini-drought <p>Dust storms and fire danger alerts are not what you expect to hear in May in Illinois. But these are signs of a very dry spring.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 28 May 2012 07:58:14 +0000 Susan Stephens 12405 at http://northernpublicradio.org Dust storms and withered leaves: Illinois' mini-drought