Soil Moisture Data

The dryness in many areas this year has likely heightened the awareness of soil data.  NDAWN, the North Dakota agricultural weather network, started a soil moisture network back in 2015.  The data was originally sought for flood monitoring, but there was always going to be the need for the data for dry years as well.  This year, there is a lot of interest to understand where the moisture is and how far down crops need to go to get to the water in the soil.  NDAWN has over 50 locations with soil water monitoring sensors, with new data recently added for the Alvarado area and this week, more sensors were added to Northwestern North Dakota.

Daryl Ritchison