CHAMPAIGN — Soil moisture levels remained slightly above normal in the middle of June, according to Jennie Atkins, Water and Atmospheric Resources Monitoring (WARM) Program Manager at the Prairie Research Institute, Illinois State Water Survey, University of Illinois.
On June 15, soil moisture levels at 2 inches averaged 0.29 water fraction by volume (wfv) in Illinois, 9 percent above normal for the day and 2 percent less than May 15. This is a marked increase from the values of a year ago when soil moisture averaged 0.17 wfv, only slightly above the wilting point for most soils monitored.
Moisture levels were highest in southern Illinois with an average level of 0.33 wfv or 16 percent above normal.For the complete article see the 06-25-2013 issue.
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