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March 24, 2014 |  By: Barnett

Midwest Drought

Soil in the Midwest continues to recover from a recent two-year drought.
Despite significant precipitation accumulations this winter, farmers are still hurting from inadequate soil.
Associate Professor of Soil Science at the University of Missouri, Randal Miles, says it's going to take a long time for the soil to recover from the two-year drought. 

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Miles adds farmers will have to adapt to the bad soil conditions.
He says they need to know as many water conservation practices as possible. 

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Miles adds soil throughout the Midwest needs persistent rains for the moisture to get down five feet where the roots of mature plants live.
He says it could take weeks or months for water entering the soil surface to move into the three to five feet depth of soil.