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Drought is the most crucial constraint to crop productivity. Most of Earth’s surface area is not suitable for crop production due to severe water limitations, and the scenario is likely to get worse especially in the southern Midwest and southeastern United States. Recent climate models suggest an increase in aridity in many areas of the world. More than 35 percent of the world’s land is considered arid or semiarid. Even in areas of high rainfall, crops experience water stress due to uneven rainfall distribution. Drought can cause significant crop yield loss and under severe conditions up to 100 percent crop loss is experienced.
Regenerative agriculture cattle producers are better prepared during drought to adjust stocking rates and make proactive decisions on the ranch.
Pasture managers may dread droughts. However, with proper planning and preparation, they can minimize the damage and keep operations running smoothly.
Jimmy and Ginger Emmons press on from the Rhea Fire knowing it cannot overpower the agriculture community’s spirit or the soil’s ability to give life.
The Noble Research Institute's drought information serves as a central repository for information to help agricultural producers manage their properties and resources throughout this difficult situation.