Cool Soils

The cool weather this week had definitely kept the soil temperatures down.  Next week with some warmer weather expected the soil temperatures should make a recovery.  How high those soil temperatures will go will depend about the amount of sunshine, any potential additional precipitation and in turn, how moist the soil will be.  The Red River Valley with the wettest soil conditions may improve the slowest and the drier soils in central and western will warm the quickest.  Although the driest soils do warm the quickest, they also cool back down the fastest, meaning there will be some large fluctuations in soil temperatures in western North Dakota in the next week.