But farmers will remain wary until they see heavy spring rains or a sudden big snow like last winter's storms.
Iowa, Illinois and Minnesota account for more than 40 percent of the U.S. corn and soybean harvest. Minnesota is also known for its spring wheat crop and Illinois is among the top U.S. soft red winter wheat producers.
"There is some concern the about winter wheat crop," Angel said. "We've been so mild that winter wheat has not been able to harden off to the cold weather. If we get a batch of really cold air at this point in the season it might be vulnerable to damage."
Angel also noted that the warm, wet fall and winter raised the chances that fertilizers applied during the autumn may have been washed away and need to be reapplied in the spring.
The National Weather Service is now forecasting above normal temperatures and precipitation for February in Illinois. The NWS outlook for the February-March-April period also is calling for above-normal temps for the southern half of Illinois and above-normal rainfall statewide.