Thaw continues with low moisture levels


With so much ice and snow falling before the weather turned really cold last month, fields don’t have much frost in them.


Roy Plote, who farms in northern Illinois, made this observation last week. He notes there could still be some frost under the roads.


“The moisture levels are still low and this has to be one of the best thaws so far that we’ve ever had,” Plote told The Central Illinois Farm Network.


The freeze and thaw cycle typically leads to flooding and water running across the top but this hasn’t been the case so far this year. The bigger problem Plote and other farmers have been facing includes trying to get grain

hauled quickly as roads are posted.


“We are kind of hurrying up to get the last little bit hauled that was supposed to be there.”


River closings have impacted hauling in Plote’s area.

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