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Adapting To Changing Water Resources

This column isn’t about groundwater or irrigation. It’s not about building a pipeline from the Missouri River. Today’s column is about how area agriculture can maximize the efficiency of precipitation in a climate, which at least in the near term, is short on precipitation. These suggestions have merit, even under more normal conditions.
• Minimize or eliminate tillage – While tillage is effective for weed control and preparing a seedbed, the same objectives can be met without aggressive tillage. The goal is to promote soil structure and accumulate crop residue/organic matter at the soil surface.  This achieves two ...

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