The Upper Midwest is experiencing severe droughts with devastating effects on agriculture. Agronomist Andrea Basche states there are methods that can be implemented on fields to retain moisture, “[By] shifting the most-erodible or least-profitable regions of Iowa to systems using perennial and cover crops, farmers could reduce rainfall runoff by up to 20 percent in flood events and make as much as 16 percent more water available to crops in droughts.” Read more.

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