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“Let’s take the good ideas of all cropping systems,” says Fred Yoder, Plain City, Ohio. While no-till is the backbone of Yoder’s adaptation plan, he also:
- Geared up his equipment fleet with GPS and autosteer for a 10-day planting window
- Plants the most advanced genetics available, designed for a quick start and weather stresses. Sidedresses N on corn to reduce the chance of losing it to leaching, while reducing application rates to just 0.75 pound per bushel of expected yield.
- Plants cover crops, including a tillage radish-winter pea mix.
“Whenever you enhance the organic matter, you are better able to handle drought and wet weather,” he says.
Report outlines weather challenges
Fred Yoder has plenty of personal experience with roller-coaster weather. But he also has a broader perspective on the impact extreme weather has had on agriculture.
Yoder chaired a committee of farmers, ranchers and other agricultural experts who guided a special project to recommend ways that agriculture and forestry can adapt to extreme weather.
The project, spearheaded by the 25X’25 Alliance, a coalition of agriculture, conservation and business groups, outlined challenges ahead, and how to improve the viability of agriculture and forestry operations despite challenging weather. Alliance partners include the National Corn Growers Association, the American Soybean Association, the American Farm Bureau Federation and dozens of other farm and conservation groups and business, is at www.25x25.org under Projects.