It is welcome news to see the potential recovery from last year’s drought as the soil profile is fully recharged in most areas in the state. The moisture recharge of the soil profile is affected by many factors, such as soil texture, type of tillage, residue cover, soil slope, grass filter strips and many other conservation measures that enhance moisture recharge. The timing of rain events during early spring can cause significant damage, especially if soil temperature is low (frozen soils), leading to significant erosion and surface runoff. Therefore, monitoring soil moisture is important.
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