drought http://peoriapublicradio.org en Discussion on decline of butterflies this year http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/discussion-decline-butterflies-year <div>Researchers from the Illinois Nature Preserves Commission say there is lingering evidence of the effect of last year’s drought. Volunteers conducted an informal butterfly count in early July. Illinois Public Radio’s Brian O’Keefe spoke with The Nature Preserves Commission’s Angella Moorehouse about the butterfly census:</div><div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It’s still possible for some butterfly species to recover this summer. Some varieties breed several times each the summer months, but others only produce one generation a year.</span></p></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div> Mon, 29 Jul 2013 14:50:26 +0000 Brian O'Keefe 9587 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Discussion on decline of butterflies this year Southern Il farmers discuss fruit and vegetable crop http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/southern-il-farmers-discuss-fruit-and-vegetable-crop <div>A year ago, southern Illinois fruit and vegetables were struggling through a record drought. This year, growers say things couldn’t be more different, with cooler temperatures and much higher rain totals. Wayne Sirles is Vice President of Rendleman Farms in Union County. He says last year, peaches were ready much earlier than normal, and this year people will have to wait just a bit longer.&nbsp;</div><div> Mon, 08 Jul 2013 12:16:40 +0000 Jennifer Fuller 8488 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Southern Il farmers discuss fruit and vegetable crop