Soil Moisture 7-26-18


The drought monitor put a portion of our area back into ‘abnormally dry’. Soil moisture sensors in non-irrigated ground suggest portions of our area should be listed at least in D1 drought status. I got creative in posting these as I had to take pictures with my phone of the pics I created on the computer…so if they’re a little grainy, that’s why. Here’s the updated readings for the area!

On Wed. July 25, this area received 1.7″ one mile south of where the sensors are located and 1.49″ one mile east of it . Corn in this field is at soft dough stage.

This location only received 0.24″ and is very dry with soil moisture depletion above 50% for all four feet. The soybeans in this field are beginning seed.

This location also received only 0.24″ of rain. The corn in the field is showing drought stress and soil moisture depletion is above 50% for the profile.

The top foot at this location is steadily drying out with total soil moisture depletion around 35%. Corn is at milk stage.

This location received 1.15″ of rain on Wed. July 25. Total soil moisture depletion is above 50% and the field really started showing drought stress the past week.

The soybeans in this field are at R5 and total soil moisture depletion is approaching 50% depletion.

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.

Posted on July 29, 2018, in Soil Moisture and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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