Topsoil moisture still very short in the wake of recent rains

Topsoil moisture still very short in the wake of recent rains

Across the Corn Belt, topsoil moisture was rated mostly very short to short in Missouri (99% very short to short), Nebraska (96%), Illinois (95%), and Iowa (91%).

On the Plains, topsoil moisture remains at critically low levels across most of the region—with very short to short ratings dominating in Oklahoma (98% very short to short), Kansas (96%), and Nebraska (96%).

In the South, recent showers and thunderstorms have maintained generally favorable conditions for pastures and immature summer crops. However, parts of the Mid-South—including Arkansas—remain in need of more rain.

In the West, an active monsoon circulation is resulting in drought-easing rainfall in parts of Arizona and New  Mexico. In the Northwest, small grain harvesting is advancing but wildfire development remains a threat.

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