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This soil moisture map portrays the moisture of the top 1 meter of soil as of April 2, 2024, expressed as a percentile showing the probability of occurrence within the period of record between 1948 to present. The map is based on terrestrial water storage observations derived from NASA GRACE satellite data using a sophisticated model of land surface water and energy processes. Red and orange hues indicate drier soil moisture conditions, while blue hues indicate wetter conditions. NASA, National Drought Mitigation Center

Deeper Roots, Surface Residue from Cover Crops Battle Drought

With proper termination timing, cover crops benefit cash crops during dry years

Drought continues to be a concern for many growers especially for much of the midwest and southern United States, as is depicted in the soil moisture conditions map. Cover crops can be a valuable tool for conserving moisture during drought, but cover crop management strategies are important when attempting to conserve soil moisture. Adjusting termination timing by even a few days, for example, could make a major difference in total moisture content, according to Rob…

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Mackane Vogel

Mackane Vogel is the Associate Editor of Farm Equipment, No-Till Farmer, Cover Crop Strategies and other Lessiter Media publications. An avid writer for the last 10 years, he previously served as the editorial intern for 88Nine Radio Milwaukee and also wrote for several different sports journalism outlets before joining the Lessiter Media team in 2022. Mackane is a 2020 journalism graduate of Marquette University.

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