Soil Moisture 8-17-18


Grateful for good rains for portions of the area last week!

Byron 8-17-18

This area received 2.29″ of rain this past week. Corn is near 1/2 milk and really looks good for the drought stress due to a more drought-tolerant hybrid being planted.

Clay Center 8-17-18

Recent rainfall records: 1″ on July 30th; 0.25″ on August 6th; 1.10″ on August 7; 1.5″ on August 14 and 0.10″ on August 15. Corn is near 1/4 to 1/2 milk.

Lawrence 8-17-18 Corn

Around 1.0″ was received at this location but the soybean roots took it up faster than it could go into the soil to register on the sensors. Soybeans in this field perked up a little from being wilted down and are using the moisture to fill pods. The cooler weather has also helped slow down drought stress. This is the last week for these sensor readings.

Lawrence 8-17-18 Soy

Nearly 1.0″ of rain was received in this field but corn is at black layer and no longer using water. There were several 0.24″ or 0.30″ rain events that created blips on the chart in the first foot the past few weeks but nothing measurable precipitation wise. Corn ears have turned down and harvest will begin in a few weeks. This is the last week for these sensor readings.

Superior 8-17-18

This location received 1.15″ of rain two weeks ago and around 2″ of rain this past week. Corn is in early dent to 1/4 milk stage and using water before it could hit the sensors.

Seward 8-21-18

Rainfall totals for this location: 0.49″ on August 13-14; 0.07″ August 16; 1.80″ August 19-20 (the farmer said the total since August 1st been 3.92″ of rain). Corn in this field is 1/3 milk and looks really good.

York 8-21-18

The soybeans on this site have hung on through quite a bit of drought stress. Rainfall totals vary greatly around the York area. This location received around 2.0″ of rain over the past week but the soybean has used it before it’s reached the sensors. Soybean is currently at R6.

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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