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April soil moisture levels high in Illinois

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According to Illinois officials, the soil moisture in high across Illinois.

The University of Illinois' Prairie Research said the soil moisture levels were measured on April 14th by the Illinois State Water Survey.

The levels averaged 37 percent by volume at 2 inches deep across the state and the highest levels measured were in southern Illinois with an average of 43 percent of moisture by volume. Conditions were wetter at the deeper depths with moisture levels averaging 41 percent by volume at 20 inches and 44 percent at 59 inches. Due to this week's cold weather soil temperatures dropped with 4 inches under bare soil averaging 51.3 degrees. That was 7 degrees colder than on April 12th. Across the state of Illinois data was collected at 19 stations.

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