Subsoil Moisture Improves Nationally As Rain Inundates Some Fields08/30/2016
Subsoil moisture nationally improved in the week that ended on Sunday, though at this point whether that’s a good thing depends on where you are.
Some 74% of U.S. soil has adequate or surplus moisture, up from 73% the prior week, the Department of Agriculture said in a report on Monday.
In Illinois, where some farmers have said they’d like it stop raining and allow fields to dry out, 96% of the soil had adequate or surplus moisture, according to the USDA. Iowa soil wasn’t too far behind, with 92% earning top ratings.
While it’s generally good news to see such lofty soil moisture ratings in the two biggest corn and soybean producers, diseases caused by overly wet conditions and flooded fields have been reported in several counties.
And it’s not just Illinois and Iowa – reports of flooded fields have come in from Indiana, Missouri, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas and, of course, Louisiana. Not that there aren’t dry spots in the U.S. – generally the eastern Midwest received far less rain than their central Midwest counterparts, though some precipitation has fallen recently.
While it’s great for some farmers who received just the right amount of moisture, others are hoping the valve shuts off sometime soon and allows their crops to dry up.