Are you ready for climate change?

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The first thing any farmer making investments should do, is get a good understanding of the local predictions for climate change in their area.

You must be sure that the models used are down-scaled, meaning they are based on your local weather pattern data, and realize that the way these models become useful is by seeing convergent patterns in different models, or noticing that there is no agreement thus things are totally unpredictable.  Once you get that perspective, you need to begin to think through the risks you face, based not on the averages predicted, but on the extreme highs and lows, because those are the things that will kill your crops, or destroy your transportation infrastructure stranding you with products you can’t get to market.  Much work is needed to help farmers become ready to cope with the extreme weather patterns that are changing in their area.  What will you do if the flowering cycle is altered due to unseasonably high temperatures? What steps would you take to provide shelter for your livestock if suddenly tornadoes became common in your area? How many back-up water sources do you have that could save your crops if drought became the norm in your area?  If you don’t have answers to these questions, you are not alone, but its time to think them through, know what’s predicted for your area, and make some wise decisions.  Contact me if you’d like to learn more, or check out these resources:

Agriculture Climate Adaptation Tools, NE USA localized models

Northeast Climate Science Center

World Overview of Conservation Approaches and Technologies website and database

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