Given your current soil moisture situation and weather outlook, how confident are you in a good crop start?

After the worst drought in decades depleting soil moisture across the Corn Belt in 2012, and mixed reports of continuing drought in 2013, we'd like to know what you think about soil moisture levels on your own farm. How confident are you that there will be enough moisture after winter precipitation that your crop will get a good start? Were you fortunate enough to get back what was depleted last summer? Are you still in a drought situation? Take the poll and let us know. Feel free to comment on your farm situation below!

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Anonymous
on Apr 3, 2013

SW Minnesota - Moisture splits and goes north or south of us.
No subsoil moisture - very dry

Anonymous
on Mar 27, 2013

Wet on top and a good way down but always 7 days away from a drought in central MO.

Anonymous
on Mar 27, 2013

north central Ky the land is saturated. Beginning to show up as too much in wheat crop.

Anonymous
on Mar 24, 2013

sw illinois, back to normal

Anonymous
on Mar 20, 2013

no snow no rain no sub soil moisture in west central IOWA

Anonymous
on Mar 24, 2013

Central SD is alot worse off than last year when wew had some subsoil moisture.There were no fall rain and we've had hardly any snow.most winter wht failed to germ and if we had to go to the fields today nothing would germ.Pastures will fail to green up this spring ,damns are low on water.Coyboys and farmers both very nervous in these parts.

Anonymous
on Mar 20, 2013

SW Wisconsin ground didn't freeze too bad so some winter rains with the snow did soak in, but we will still need spring rains to recharge wells. The grass should start off with good growth and get the first crop hay started.

Anonymous
on Mar 20, 2013

From NC Indiana, a lot of moisture events but very little moisture. NWS however states that we are no longer in a drought.

Anonymous
on Mar 19, 2013

In NC Kansas very dry. Have had 20 some inches snow this winter. Top 12 inches of soil has some moisture subsoil is total depleated. Ponds and most creeks are dry. Last year at this time we had 68% soil saturation at this time we have 20% saturation doesn't look good. Good Luck everyone!!!!

Anonymous
on Mar 18, 2013

In my area of SW Manitoba the sub soil is very dry we probably have 2 ft of snow which at best is 2 ins of moisture. How much of that will be water to make the creeks run ? don't know. Certainly need rains in late April and May And june and July.

Anonymous
on Mar 18, 2013

Southern Manitoba received nice rain in Oct before freez-up. Much snow over winter with two big recent snow storms. Fields have a few feet of snow. Seeding will be much later than last year.

Anonymous
on Mar 17, 2013

Super dry yet in NE Nebraska

Anonymous
on Mar 17, 2013

A good start is one thing, it is the finish that counts. we are still not recharged in NW Ohio. normally at this time of yer the water table is within a foot of the surface, this year it is still over 3 ft down. the tile run only for a day after a rain. That is surface water getting into the tile no excess water from the soil. A lot of the rain/snowfall we got in the last two months was on frozen ground and it ran off. So the palmer model which does not take into account the effect of frozen ground is very miss leading.

Anonymous
on Mar 17, 2013

Up in Canada we will be delayed with too much moisture in Eastern Saskatchewan, again... Forecasting up to 6" of snow this week.

Anonymous
on Mar 16, 2013

sunspot cycle peaks in june 2013. Noaa predicts sunspot value to be 25% higher this summer than last. See www.swpc.noaa.gov/ftpdir/latest/Predict.txt and total may june july aug. Last year the total was 259.7. In november the 2013 prediction summer total was 358.3 but lower now.
Last year we planted wet and got little rain but had a crop. this year we'll plant sunflowers in the dust and pray for mercy.
See solarham.net to check solarwind animation and see the blasting when a CME hits earth and understand what the meterologists won't tell you.

Anonymous
on Mar 16, 2013

sunspot cycle peaks in june 2013. Noaa predicts sunspot value to be 25% higher this summer than last. See www.swpc.noaa.gov/ftpdir/latest/Predict.txt and total may june july aug. Last year the total was 259.7. In november the 2013 prediction summer total was 358.3 but lower now.
Last year we planted wet and got little rain but had a crop. this year we'll plant sunflowers in the dust and pray for mercy.
See solarham.net to check solarwind animation and see the blasting when a CME hits earth and understand what the meterologists won't tell you.

Anonymous
on Mar 16, 2013

Our area has had 2 inches since April 2012. The dryland corn grouond
does not have enough moisture to sprout seed. Gravity ground will be a problem as well. Pastures are ate short and will be gone in 30-45 days of grazing.
Pivot ground will be ok but will need to irrigate pre season as there is no subsoil on irrigated ground. Location is Custer county in central Nebraska.

Anonymous
on Mar 16, 2013

We are gaining in NW Iowa

Anonymous
on Mar 16, 2013

We have had considerable snow this winter in East central S. Dak., but high winds put most of it in treestrips and sloughs, and with ground frozen to 3 feet or more, most of it will run off.
We will need good April rains, and regular moisture all summer to raise a good crop.

Anonymous
on Mar 16, 2013

We will need much spring rain to get the crops off to a good start and this summer.

Anonymous
on Mar 16, 2013

We have 0 subsoil moisture. Will need timely rains.

Anonymous
on Mar 16, 2013

We've gotten good snows and rain that has given us more than 2 inches of moisture to get us started in April.

Anonymous
on Mar 16, 2013

I am in sw Ia. we are very short on moisture looks like we are in for another year of dry weather.

Anonymous
on Mar 16, 2013

We are as subsoil deficient this spring as I have ever seen in 50 years. We will need regular, soaking, rains for the entire growing season to have a good crop. Extreme Southwest Iowa

Anonymous
on Mar 16, 2013

Last year we were already dry at this time and we were in the middle of the hottest March on record.

Our corn crop averaged 10 BPA

This year we have water standing every where and freezing temperatures most every night.

This year looks normal so far.

Anonymous
on Mar 16, 2013

SURFACE MOISTURE BUT NO SUBSOIL

Anonymous
on Mar 16, 2013

While we have gotten moisture here primarily as snow, the grave diggers tell me that there is significant frost. The soil below 2 feet is still dry as powder all the way to 6 ft and beyond. We still have a significant snow cover...about a foot in depth, but when the snow does melt it will likely mostly run off leaving very little long term benefit. We ended the year very dry so I expect this year to be worse than last year.

Anonymous
on Mar 16, 2013

I am located in central Kansas . Our ponds are dry . The sub soil moisture is no more than 2' . It is very serious , we need above average moisture to get caught up and recharge the ponds and reservoirs .

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