Iroquois County Republican Women 911 Remembrance Day
The Iroquois County Republican Women and Creekside Community Center would like to invite the public to the Cissna Park Fire Station for a reception honoring first responders on September 11, 2013 at 6:30pm. The event will feature guest speaker, Wayne Knapp, live entertainment by, Allona Rieches, snacks and beverages, video and photos of first responders in action and display of local department's fire trucks, ambulances and police cars.
The Illinois State Water Survey says this may be the second-driest August on record.
And the dry weather is beginning to worry farmers.
Rainfall has been limited to just 4-5 days this month. It's the second-lowest amount in the 124-year history of some record-keeping in east-central Illinois.
The National Weather Service is forecasting hot and dry weather, with highs in the 90s, every day through Sunday. State climatologist Jim Angel reports only August 1893 — with 6-hundredths of an inch of rain — was drier,
According to the Aug. 20 U.S. Drought Monitor, Champaign County and most of East Central Illinois were considered "abnormally dry" — the lowest level on the drought scale. Last August was wetter than normal, with 5.56 inches of rain. It followed an usually parched June and July, when only 2.89 inches of rain fell, including 61-hundredths of an inch in July. It was the third driest July in local weather history.
This summer has been almost the opposite, with an above-average 6.27 inches in June and a near normal 3.53 inches in July.
That likely will mean reduced yields in farm fields.
-- Initiative Aims to Improve Water Quality, Control Erosion and Increase Yields --
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Pat Quinn today announced the start of a three-year demonstration project by the Illinois Department of Agriculture to encourage the planting of environmentally-beneficial cover crops. The initiative's goal is to improve water quality in Illinois lakes and streams by reducing soil erosion and nutrient run-off from farm fields. Today's action is part of Governor Quinn's agenda to protect the state's natural resources and ensure a clean and healthy environment for future generations, while boosting Illinois agriculture.
"Illinois is a leading agricultural state because of its ability to adopt sustainable farming practices that protect our valuable soil and water resources without sacrificing productivity," Governor Quinn said. "This project is a good example of the industry's commitment to our environment."
"The time is right for this initiative," Steve Chard, the Department of Agriculture's bureau chief of Land and Water Resources, added. "New plant varieties and new production techniques have been discovered that eliminate many of the problems that farmers who planted cover crops in the 1980s and 90s experienced."
Cover crops are plants seeded into agricultural fields, either within or outside of the regular growing season, with the primary purpose of improving or maintaining ecosystem quality. Cover crops, typically certain grasses or legumes, can enhance biodiversity; lead to less flooding, leaching, and runoff; create wildlife habitat; attract honey bees and other beneficial insects; improve soil quality; combat weeds; and break disease cycles. Cover crops appear to have a significant competitive advantage compared to the more traditional management practices that have been used to control soil erosion and nutrient run-off.