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Current Precipitation to Make Little Dent for Soil Moisture Content

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We haven't seen much snow so far this winter and while that may sound good for some, any little bit of moisture can help farmers.

And while they will take what they can get in terms of precipitation, what we are currently receiving may not make a lot of difference.

It takes four feet of snow to equal one inch of water, and seeing that much snow in this area would be unusual for this time of year.

So it's normally the months before and after winter that farmers count on most for moisture.

"January and February, those are really low precipitation months for us. Most of our rain comes in April, May, June and July. In the Hastings are we'll probably average four inches of rain in May and June. We'll probably get a half inch of moisture in most Januarys," said UNL Irrigation and Water Resource Engineer Derrell Martin.

Experts say irrigation done last year should be enough for most irrigating farmers.

But dry land farmers who ended the season in bad shape will most likely see the effects come spring.

"The amount of water that's there for the winter wheat would have been whatever we captured last summer and that wasn't so good. So certainly going into the next spring we're going to need some rainfall to carry that wheat crop and that's going to have to come in March, April and May," said Martin.

He also said whatever moisture comes before then they'll take, but most likely won't have a large effect on the current conditions.

 

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