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Minimizing the negative effects of drought depends on maximizing the way that soil captures water and makes it available to plants. Farmers, ranchers, and gardeners will learn how to get more water into the soil when it rains, keep water in the soil longer, and help plants -- including pasture staples -- to better extract water from the soil. Those who raise livestock can Minimizing the negative effects of drought depends on maximizing the way that soil captures water and makes it available to plants. Farmers, ranchers, and gardeners will learn how to get more water into the soil when it rains, keep water in the soil longer, and help plants -- including pasture staples -- to better extract water from the soil. Those who raise livestock can then delve deeper into ensuring adequate water supply for animals and providing emergency forage in a drought.


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Minimizing the negative effects of drought depends on maximizing the way that soil captures water and makes it available to plants. Farmers, ranchers, and gardeners will learn how to get more water into the soil when it rains, keep water in the soil longer, and help plants -- including pasture staples -- to better extract water from the soil. Those who raise livestock can Minimizing the negative effects of drought depends on maximizing the way that soil captures water and makes it available to plants. Farmers, ranchers, and gardeners will learn how to get more water into the soil when it rains, keep water in the soil longer, and help plants -- including pasture staples -- to better extract water from the soil. Those who raise livestock can then delve deeper into ensuring adequate water supply for animals and providing emergency forage in a drought.

14 review for The Drought-Resilient Farm

  1. 5 out of 5

    Pam Dawling

    We all need to read more books like this, to prepare for climate chaos and global heating. Alone, we can’t control how much it rains, or when, but we can improve our farming so that rain penetrates deep into the soil, is stored there and is able to keep plants and livestock alive through dry times. The author farms and ranches cattle in Kansas, using less than 4 acre inches of rain per year. This book is mostly addressed to livestock farmers, not vegetable growers like me. I skimmed some section We all need to read more books like this, to prepare for climate chaos and global heating. Alone, we can’t control how much it rains, or when, but we can improve our farming so that rain penetrates deep into the soil, is stored there and is able to keep plants and livestock alive through dry times. The author farms and ranches cattle in Kansas, using less than 4 acre inches of rain per year. This book is mostly addressed to livestock farmers, not vegetable growers like me. I skimmed some sections, although not much, as the same principles of caring for the soil apply to all farmers. This book is not about Organic Farming. Selective use of herbicides is advocated. But you decide. Selectively graze this book, taking only what you like! The first part of the book is about creating a water-efficient soil with three approaches: getting more water into the soil; keeping water in the soil for longer; and helping plants get more of that water. The second part of the book is about providing for livestock: ensuring a reliable water supply; creating drought-tolerant pastures; providing emergency forage in a drought; and livestock decisions after a drought. Part 3 of this very practical book is Looking to the Future, and includes water-efficient agriculture for semi-arid regions. There are resources for further reading, metric conversion charts and a glossary, and of course an index (without which no practical book is actually practical!) Buy this book to get the checklist of actions to take to prepare for future droughts, and cope with them as they occur.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Lynn

    Full of great information. I am taking agronomy in 4-H this year and my dad recommended this book. I'm glad he did, because I learned a lot about soil health, water infiltration, and much, much more. This is a must read for farmers.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Karen Mahtin

    Mostly focused on pasturing animals. Inspiring book.

  4. 4 out of 5

    MaryEdmo

    So much knowledge and wisdom in this book. If these methods we're practiced, our soil would be much healthier, and we probably would be, too.

  5. 4 out of 5

    bookmouse

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