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Soil moisture for 2016


What is the soil moisture situation shaping up for 2016 in your area? Plenty of preciptition has fallen in central Iowa (Des Moines) where I am at, but just curious about other areas.


Gil Gullickson

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Jim Meade / Iowa City
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Re: Soil moisture for 2016

Tiles on my farm are running moderately full, and ran all winter.  I checked tiles in January and just last week.  Every one is running.  Ground in grass is just able to carry weight, but it's spongy.  Wouldn't take much to cut ruts.


Another tile I see a half mile away empties into the road ditch so every time I go by I can see what it's doing.  It's been dry all winter.


I'd say we have a full soil profile but it's not prohibitive.  We can't take much rain, though, as it will run off.


Grass is now blasting through and will take up some of the water where there is vegetation.

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