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Soil Moisture 6/7/18

drought monitor 6-7-18

Nebraska drought monitor map released 6/7/18.  18.1% of State is abnormally dry (yellow) with 5.4% of the State as moderate drought (tan).

Byron 6-7-18

Corn is at V7 in this field.  The third foot sensor started reading strangely-very wet.  The third foot profile is dry but sensor not showing it-thus the total soil moisture is not reflected as dry in this graph as it truly is.  This location received 1.33 last week.

Lawrence 6-7-18 corn

I had re-installed the 2 foot sensor in this field and it is showing how dry the second foot has quickly become.  The same is seen across the road in the soybean stubble.  0.88″ was received at this location in the past week.  Soybeans in this field were at V1 on 6/7/18.  This farm family mentioned that first alfalfa cutting was 1/2 of normal this year.

Lawrence 6-7-18 Soy

Corn in this field was at V5 on 6/7/18.  The soil profile in the top foot is drier compared to in the corn stubble across the road-which has been typical all year.  Total soil moisture depletion in this field right now is around 50% for top three feet.

Superior 6-7-18

This location was blessed with some rain!  1.35″ was received 6/2/18 and another 0.50″ the morning of 6/7/18.  The top two feet truly are muddy in this field when probing the soil but moisture runs out about 2.5 feet down into the profile.  Corn was at V5 at this location on 6/7/18.

Soil Moisture 5-31-18

So grateful to receive some rain across the area on May 29th!

Byron 5-31-18

This site received 0.78″ on May 29th.  The rainfall briefly increased the moisture in the first foot soil profile until high winds the next few days started removing it again.

Lawrence 5-31-18 corn

This site received 0.76″ on May 29 which also added moisture to the first foot briefly.  I decided to re-install the 2′ sensor to give a more accurate indication of the soil moisture profile since it is deeper than 2′ in the last two weeks’ charts.

Lawrence 5-31-18 soy

This site also received 0.76″ which very briefly added moisture to the first foot but began drying out again with the winds.

Superior 5-31-18

This site received 1.30″ of rain on May 29th which allowed for moisture in both the first and second foot soil profile.

Soil Moisture 5-23-18


drought monitor 5-24-18

Drought monitor as of 5/22/18:  The tan area of moderate drought increased to 3.67% (from 1.88 a week ago) this week while the yellow abnormally dry area decreased to 18.34% (from 22.57% a week ago).

Byron 5-23-18

The Byron area received around 0.28″ which allowed for a brief drop in the first foot sensor but didn’t stay there.  Both the first and second foot are around field capacity, and there also seemed to be moisture in these feet from probing this field.  Total soil moisture depletion is remaining steady.

Lawrence 5-23-18 Corn

This site received 0.65-.70 last week and the sensors were re-installed once planting occurred.  There were some strange readings in the sensors so I didn’t show the graphs last week.  In probing the field, there seemed to be moisture in the top two feet.  Thus, I couldn’t understand 2 foot readings shown here.   I had reprimed the 2′ sensor last week so I knew it was working.  It got installed deeper than 24″ and in probing the soil, it is dry and cumbly below 24″ which seems to be reflected here.  Thus why I put 2+’ in the graph for the sensor reading.

Lawrence 5-23-18 Soy

This site, across the road from the corn site, also received 0.65-0.70″ of rain.  I also probed this field this week.  Total soil moisture depletion is around 40% for this field.  The second foot where these sensors are located is in a heavy clay in this field compared to the corn field.

Superior 5-23-18

At Superior, a moisture event of 1.05″ was received May 18.  This helped add moisture into the top two feet with the second foot around field capacity now.  Total soil moisture depletion is around 37%.  I also probed this field and there appeared to be moisture in the top two feet and it got dry after that.

Soil Moisture 5-17-18

Hoping these graphs change for us after this past weekend’s rain events!  These readings were taken as of 5/17/18.

Byron 5-17-18

As of 5/17/18, total soil moisture depletion in this field stayed fairly steady.  The top two feet are nearing field capacity.

Superior 5-17-18

At the Superior location as of 5/17/18, total soil moisture depletion remained around 40%.  The first foot is nearing field capacity with the second foot nearing 35% depletion.

At the Lawrence location I’m just sharing last week’s graphs from 5/10/18.  Soybean was planted into the corn stubble on 5/11/18 and the sensors were removed and re-installed with the readings needing time to adjust.  The farmer said it was so dry he had to use a drill to re-install the moisture sensors.  I have no idea what happened in the soybean stubble field but the readings this past week were crazy so decided to share new graphs on the Lawrence location next week.

Lawrence 5-10-18 CornLawrence 5-10-18 Soy

Soil Moisture 5-10-18

The area of ‘abnormally dry’ or ‘moderate drought’ was reduced by 5% in Nebraska as of 5/8/18 compared to the previous week.

Bladen 5-10-18

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.  

Byron 5-10-18

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.

Lawrence 5-10-18 Corn

This site continues to remain steady with total soil moisture depletion around 35%. 

Lawrence 5-10-18 Soy

The first foot sensor has leveled off after being reprimed on 4/26.  Total soil moisture depletion (1-3′) remains around 45%. 

Superior 5-10-18

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%.

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