University extension specialists are focusing on helping farmers prepare for climate change during the annual Husker Harvest Days near Grand Island.
The University of Nebraska display at Husker Harvest Days focuses on climate change.
UNL Extension Educator Tyler Williams says the booth seeks to raise awareness among farmers.
“We know how big that weather and climate impacts agriculture here in Nebraska and we have a lot of different areas that are focusing on managing the extreme events that come along with climate,” Williams tells Brownfield Ag News.
The university extension display details possible effects of climate change and ways farmers and livestock producers can prepare for the extreme weather patterns expected. A display on entomology speculates what insects might emerge from different weather conditions. Another suggests cover crops that can better manage soil during heavy thunderstorms. How changes in weather could impact yields is considered at another booth and the economic impact of climate change is the subject of another.
Range and Forage Specialist Jerry Volesky with the West-Central Research and Extension Center in North Platte says preparation now could yield long-term benefits.
“One of the things we encourage our producers to do is to put together a drought plan,” Volesky says. “So, be thinking ahead of time or be pro-active before that drought sets in so we’ve got some idea what we might do in terms of our livestock numbers or stocking rates.”
Volesky says alternative forages can help livestock producers survive weather extremes, such as planting various varieties of forages at different times of the year to keep pastures fresh.
Ken Anderson, Brownfield Ag News, contributed to this story.
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