Record rainfall good for farmers

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TOLONO, Ill. (WCIA) – The state climatologist says we should be breaking the record for rainfall in Champaign County in the month of February.

The rain caused many problems for people in central Illinois last week, but not for farmers.

They say even though it came more quickly than they would’ve liked, it amped up the soil moisture.

That puts them in a great position looking ahead to the planting season.

“We can really kind of get settled back into where we should be for this time of year. We actually started out on the dry side before all this rain, so it did help in that regard,” said state climatologist Jim Angel.

“We recharged the subsoil this past week. That’s important for later in the season when it’s hotter and drier,” said farmer Lin Warfel.

The state climatologist said a warming trend is likely a big reason why we are breaking rainfall records in February.

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