We just got a much needed rain! Our crops and pastures were suffering from lack of moisture. Wind storms were blowing dry soil and cutting off plants, while cattle ranchers were making hard choices about selling their herds.
But we also know that for many farms in the USA, there is far too much water. Farms are saturated and many acres have not been planted. Even those acres where farmers have been able to “mud in” the crop, the plants are stressed by cold and saturated soil.
So water affects us all in different ways, and its impact cannot be understated. On our farm we have been investigating both irrigation and tile drainage options to help with water management. The initial investment for either type of water management is not small. Each requires a number of preliminary paperwork and regulatory steps, as well as boots on the ground surveys of the land conditions and natural water levels and flows.
Water management is a growing challenge for farmers and needs high tech solutions in order to address sustainability from an environmental and financial standpoint. Keep reading this week as we talk about the impact of water.