With climate change on the rise, many farmers are recognizing the threats to their business and are adapting more sustainable farming practices. In many cases, that means adopting drought tolerant plants that can grow without extensive irrigation or heavy rainfalls.
However, these are not miracle crops and still require their own optimum growing conditions to achieve marketable yields. With that in mind, here are some recommendations for how to properly prepare the soil so that you receive the best possible outcomes.
Using Rotational No-Till
Traditionally, mulching has been price prohibitive for large-scale farming operations and has been more of the domain of backyard gardeners – especially with the price of hay elevated by recent drought. Yet research conducted by Penn State and Cornell University found that winter rye used as a cover-crop, created enough biomass to function as a moisture-retaining, temperature-reducing shield for seeding crops.
By using a roller crimper, they were able to turn to the winter rye into a natural cover for seeds to take root and grow. Additionally, the cover crop acts as a weed suppressant, allowing crops to thrive even under hostile situations.
Implementing Seaweed Soil Amendments
Reliable yields during droughts depend upon the right soil conditions. Unfortunately, many commercial farming practices have depleted top soil around the world, robbing it of essential nutrients and organic compounds. Growers who adequately prepare their soil will increasingly depend upon soil amendments that can bring their arable land up to optimum conditions.
By using Ascophyllum nodosum seaweed in our Acadian Kelp™ products, growers can gradually enhance soil conditions across their acreage. As a valuable tool in your drought stress management arsenal, seaweed-based soil amendments can help to foster root growth, maintain cell hydration and promote healthier yields in the long run.
Though you’ll need to stay proactive about responding to changing climate conditions, this is one amendment that will continue to provide farmers everywhere with an edge.
Looking to simplify your soil preparation for drought tolerant plants? Request a sample of our Acadian Kelp™ products and see the positive results that are possible with the right amount of seaweed.