One thing the ongoing drought did not seem to affect was the number of deer in Illinois. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources said hunters killed nearly 181-thousand deer, only one thousand less than one year ago.
It was fairly obvious that the drought hit farmers hard this year, but how hard? For Illinois, both corn and soybean yield were below expectations for 2012. But Angie Peltier with the Monmouth office of University of Illinois Extension says soybeans fared much better than corn.