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Still Dry 4 Feet Down: Missouri’s soil hasn’t recovered from last year’s drought

February 27, 2014

The heavy Midwest snowfall this winter wasn’t enough to recharge the soil with enough moisture for a bumper crop next season, a soil scientist says.

Story By:  CAFNRnews

Randall Miles, associate professor of soil science at the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, University of Missouri, said soil in much of Missouri is still dry four to five feet down where the crop roots live. Without enough moisture and nutrients, crops produce poor yields.

Four to five feet down is an improvement from a year ago when two years of drought left many prime growing areas bone dry to almost six feet. Miles has been observing the depths of soil moisture around the Midwest.  More…