Soil moisture levels in the Quad-City region are in relatively good shape because although fall 2011 was drier than normal, the ground barely froze all winter, allowing any moisture we did receive to soak into the ground.

“We got a lot of good absorption of rain,” said Ray Wolf, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Davenport.

Soil temperatures: Soil temperatures have backed down from highs in March. In Scott County, for example, the 4-inch soil depth once hit 60 degrees, but that had decreased to 48 by Friday.

You can find Iowa’s soil temperatures at

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