While no-till is the backbone of Yoder’s adaptation plan, he leverages other strategies and technologies to further weatherproof his operation.

He’s geared up his equipment fleet to accommodate a 10-day planting window. He remembers when his planting window was six weeks. With GPS and autosteer you can plant after dark with confidence.”

Yoder plants the most advanced corn hybrids and soybean varieties available, with genetics designed for a quick start and weather stresses. He sidedresses nitrogen on corn to reduce the chance of losing nitrogen to leaching, while reducing application rates to just 0.75 pound per bushel of expected yield.

Planting cover crops, including a tillage radish-winter pea mix planted following harvest, is one of his latest risk-reduction strategies. The winter cover helps keep soil in place, adds nitrogen and improves biological activity, he says. The long-rooted radishes help move nutrients lower into the soil profile and break up hard pans, he adds.

“We have had a yield bump every place we’ve planted radishes and legumes compared to leaving the soil bare,” he says. “Whenever you enhance the organic matter, you increase your soil health. So you are better able to handle drought and wet weather.”