Unpredictability is one of the annual certainties farmers can count on. In particular, weather conditions can have a dramatic impact on the success of a cropping season, and recent years have presented more extreme challenges for strip-tillers to survive both intense rain events or prolonged dry conditions.
Dr. Jerry Hatfield, who runs the National Laboratory for Agriculture and the Environment, a USDA Agricultural Research Service facility in Ames, Iowa, says soil resources and weather are changing rapidly.
He notes the last few years of weather data lay on the fringes of what we’ve experienced in the last 120 years and, especially in the Midwest, farmers can expect that trend to continue.
But Hatfield says strip-tillers have ammunition in their crop production arsenal to combat erratic climate conditions.
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