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Spring's soil as dry as last summer
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Honey Creek, along Patterson Road, southwest of Monroe, shows the typical signs of spring thaw. Monroe has had 7.05 inches of precipitation this year to date, well above the normal 5.22 inches. Much of that ran off the frozen ground, and was unable to sink into the subsoil where its still needed. (Times photo: Anthony Wahl)
MONROE - Farmers this year will be "living from rainfall to rainfall, unless the subsoil gets recharged," according to Mark Mayer, the University of Wisconsin-Extension agriculture agent in Green County. After more than eight months of various levels of drought, Green and Lafayette counties are back into abnormally dry ground conditions as of mid March, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor, produced in partnership between the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the USDA and the NOAA. While moisture is good in the top 6 inches of soil, Mayer's continuing concerns are with the dry conditions at 12 inches below the surface.