Soil moisture continues to drop
CHAMPAIGN — Soil moisture continued to decline across Illinois with levels at 2 inches, 27 percent, lower on Aug. 15 than those from July 15, said Jennie Atkins, Water and Atmospheric Resources Monitoring (WARM) Program manager at the Prairie Research Institute, Illinois State Water Survey, University of Illinois.
Soil moisture in the state averaged 0.17 water fraction by volume (wfv) at depths of 2 inches on Aug. 15, which is significantly lower than the historical average of 0.25 wfv. Levels dropped throughout the state with central Illinois having the lowest numbers, averaging 0.14 wfv or just at the wilting point for most soils measured.
Levels also declined at the deeper depths with a statewide average of 0.23 wfv at 20 inches, a 37 percent decline from July 15.
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