Soil Moisture 6-21-18


Grateful to receive rain to help the first and second foot profiles at these locations!  Interesting how after 2-3″ of rain on June 20th that the county roads were already dusty and I could drive the dirt lanes in these fields the next day.  I will add York, Seward, and Clay soil moisture in my next post.

Drought monitor 6-19-18

As of 6/19/18, drought had expanded in Nebraska with 15.4% being abnormally dry (yellow) and 7.4% being in moderate drought (tan).  I installed soil moisture sensors in Clay, York, and Seward counties as well for future updates and groundtruthing.

Byron 6-21-18

I’m unsure why the third foot keeps rewetting at this location unless there’s old root channels deeper in the profile allowing rain to re-wet around the sensors.  Probing this soil, there’s moisture in the top two feet but profile is hard and dry beyond 2.5′.  Corn is V10 at this location.

Lawrence 6-21-18 Corn

This location received 2.5″ of moisture which was a blessing! Probing the soil, the top 2.25′ of soil re-wet but it was dry and hard below that.  Soybeans in this field are at R1.

Lawrence 6-21-18 Soy

This location received 2.5″ of moisture which was a blessing! Probing the soil, the top 2.25′ of soil re-wet but it was dry and hard below that.  The third foot profile shows up as responding to this rain event but most likely was a quick blip as it can be seen increasing at the end of the chart. Corn in this field is at V7-8.

Superior 6-21-18

This site received 0.20″ June 8; 0.70″ on June 17; 3.30″ on June 20 which was a blessing!  Probing this location, the top 2.5′ truly re-wetted with the profile hard and dry beyond that.  Corn at this location is V8.  

About jenreesources

I'm the Crops and Water Extension Educator for York and Seward counties in Nebraska with a focus in irrigated crop production and plant pathology.

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