How do you feel about the current soil moisture levels in your fields?

The latest Drought Monitor map shows a good part of the Midwest and Plains states in abnormally dry or moderate drought conditions. After a colder-than-normal winter, with some areas receiving more-than-normal snowfall, how do you feel about the soil moisture levels in your fields going into planting season? Are you pleased with the levels? Have some concerns that they're too wet or too dry? Take our latest poll and let us know. Feel free to comment below with what moisture levels are like in your specific area.

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Anonymous
on Apr 9, 2014

No subsoil moisture

Anonymous
on Apr 9, 2014

less than an inch of rain since December after 9 in total for 2013. normal is 20 in annual

Anonymous
on Apr 9, 2014

Very dry. Wet topsoilis misleading as we still have frost underneath. What little moisture is in our soil is being floated on the frost. Making it appear plentiful.

Anonymous
on Apr 9, 2014

I feel good now, but I felt this way last year and all the sudden it stopped raining until fall. -North East IL

Anonymous
on Apr 9, 2014

Some what on the dry side with little run off

Anonymous
on Apr 9, 2014

Right now we are wet and more is forecast, planting will be a later start than last few years. I expect to see problems from planting in too wet soils which will cause more problem with the crop than the later planting date

Anonymous
on Apr 9, 2014

We have 3 inches of powder to plant through before reaching any moisture. This area has missed most snow and rain events this winter and spring.

Anonymous
on Apr 9, 2014

verylittle snow this winter with an abnormally dry summer and fall have me very concerned.

Anonymous
on Apr 9, 2014

Worst in our part of Kansas since 1989. The go to 1980 - 81 or ask grandpa about the 1950's.

Anonymous
on Apr 9, 2014

Had about 5 inches of rain late last week. Only a small area in Kansas.

Anonymous
on Apr 9, 2014

An exceptionally dry and windy fall, winter and early spring in Northeast Nebraska. We need a good deal of moisture to replenish the soil profile.

Anonymous
on Apr 8, 2014

Top soil ok now. subsoil dry below 24 inches or so

Anonymous
on Apr 6, 2014

APRIL 6 THREE PLUS INCHES OF RAIN LAST WEEK WITH MORE PREDICTED THIS WEEK.

Anonymous
on Apr 5, 2014

We have had a cold with little snow kind of winter !!
Am surprised that the wheat is looking as good as
it is with no more snow cover then we had .

Anonymous
on Apr 5, 2014

verry dry

Anonymous
on Apr 5, 2014

southern ia. is very dry

Anonymous
on Apr 5, 2014

very wet and more rain forecast for next week

Anonymous
on Apr 5, 2014

south west ia. is very dry.

Anonymous
on Apr 5, 2014

very wet with more rain forecast for next week

Anonymous
on Apr 5, 2014

we have no subsoil moisture.

Anonymous
on Apr 5, 2014

we have no subsoil moisture.

Anonymous
on Apr 5, 2014

We have more soil moisture than last year at this time. The wet spring saved us last year.

Anonymous
on Apr 3, 2014

I am a soil scientist and have been probing up to 66" deep at multiple sites around west central Indiana the last 2 weeks.
Usually I encounter "free water" in the soil profile around 4' this time of year. I am suprised how little "free water" is in the soil after all the rain and snow this winter. All I can presume is it "ran-off" due to frozen soil. At any rate, this rain is welcome on my fields.

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