The US Drought Monitor shows that drought is easing up in Illinois thanks to rains (and a little snow) in recent weeks. There are still some lingering concerns in far western Illinois and east-central Illinois. I expect that we will continue to recover with each new weather system (rain this weekend). With the growing season ending in Illinois, the demands on soil moisture will be greatly diminished. Until the ground freezes, any precipitation that falls has a good chance of soaking in and staying there.