USDA meteorologist Brad Rippey says drought over the past week has increased the percentage of topsoils that are short of moisture across the country. “New Mexico leads the nation, 74 percent very short to short with Kansas close behind at 73 percent.” Nebraska showed 66 percent short to very short topsoil moisture and Missouri was at 44 percent. There are also parts of the country with too much topsoil moisture. “We see patchy wetness primarily in the Eastern Corn Belt, and parts of the Mid South.” Other high moisture areas include parts of Wisconsin and Michigan.
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