The area of ‘abnormally dry’ or ‘moderate drought’ was reduced by 5% in Nebraska as of 5/8/18 compared to the previous week.
This site has continually missed the rain. The first foot can be observed as slowly drying out as well this week with total soil moisture (1-4′) remaining above 50% depletion. This site was removed due to corn being planted in this field.
Last week’s rains did help the first and second feet remain below field capacity. However, the third foot did not remain wet after the rainfall event and can be seen climbing in depletion in the graph this week. I did probe this site this week and there appears to be good moisture now just past 2 feet, but it gets dryer after that.
This site continues to remain steady with total soil moisture depletion around 35%.
The first foot sensor has leveled off after being reprimed on 4/26. Total soil moisture depletion (1-3′) remains around 45%.
Last week’s rains helped with the first foot and somewhat with the second foot at this site. Total soil moisture depletion is around 40%.