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Local ag experts express concern over soil moisture

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The ground is frozen about six to eight inches into the ground. The ground is frozen about six to eight inches into the ground.
Crops are now covered in snow and ice. Crops are now covered in snow and ice.
Sub-zero temperatures and lack of moisture are having an effect on soil in the Tri-States. Sub-zero temperatures and lack of moisture are having an effect on soil in the Tri-States.
The soil moisture content is low. The soil moisture content is low.
Local experts say we need enough rain to soak four to five feet down into the soil profile. Local experts say we need enough rain to soak four to five feet down into the soil profile.
QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -

Sub-zero temperatures and lack of moisture are having an effect on soil in the Tri-States. 

Rick Edwards is president of the Adams County Farm Bureau and says the soil moisture content is low, not only because of lack of rain but lack of snow as well. 

Edwards says the ground is frozen about six to eight inches deep, so when the snow melts most of the moisture will run off instead of seeping into the soil where it's needed.

"Going into March is going to be very critical for us when the soil does thaw out, that we get slow, timely rains to replenish the moisture level," said Edwards. 

Edwards goes on to say we need enough rain to soak four to five feet down into the soil profile. That's where crops pull moisture from during the summer months. 

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