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Thursday, May 9, 2013

Soil Temp Readings for May 9, 2013

We have had some warmer days recently, but that is a relative term.  Night temperatures are still dropping fairly low and we have not had a solid warming trend to pull our area soil temperatures up substantially.  I have noted this week several area potential cotton fields receiving a last dose of pre-irrigations, and unfortunately, some re-pre-irrigations to better wet the seed zone.  In these situations we can expect the soil temperature will hold at the irrigation water’s temperature for a few days longer, even when a substantial warming trend begins.  This morning I took two soil readings at 7:45 AM.

-          61°F.  Four miles north of Kress, Texas.  Potential cotton / dry topsoil, wet subsoil via recent irrigations / plowed / drip irrigated.

-          61° F.  Four miles north of Kress, Texas.  Potential cotton / moist topsoil / plowed / furrow irrigated. 


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