You can make the case that things don?t look too bad for crops in Marion County this year, but all questions are overshadowed by the top issue that has dominated local farming throughout this decade?we need rain and we need it badly.
Marion County Extension Agent Rickey Roberts said top soil moisture is close to adequate now, ?But we just don?t have much subsoil moisture yet. A lot of the snow we got ran off, the ground was so frozen. We didn?t get all of that moisture because it couldn?t penetrate, didn?t infiltrate. It helped. A little of it went into ponds, which we really needed.