While yesterday's rain wasn't a drought buster by any means, it was welcome relief for
farmers, gardeners and others throughout the Saline County area. And the cooler temps (some of our wives had the heaters turned on) gave the vegetation a break, as well.
The Omaha World-Herald this morning reports that July 2013 has been one of the driest on record for that city, so we will take whatever precipitation we can get.
Here's a look at the rainfall totals for area communities.
- Wilber: 1.14"
- Western: 1.00"
- Tobias: 0.66"
- Friend: 0.65"
- Dorchester: 0.59"
- DeWitt: 0.48"
- Milford: 0.17"
Meanwhile, the USDA reports that the rain Nebraska received over the past week hasn't been enough to alleviate dry conditions statewide, but irrigated crops are still doing OK. Only 24% of Nebraska's subsoil and 31% of the topsoil has adequate or extra moisture. About 78% of the irrigated corn in the state is in good or excellent condition. That's better than the average of 74%. But only about 40% of dryland corn is in good or excellent condition. That's much lower than the average of 64% good or excellent. The USDA says about 64% of the soybean crop is in good or excellent shape.