Weather Variability and Adaptations for Your Land and Operations
The impacts of weather on our daily lives can be significant, especially for those involved in agriculture, forestry, and other forms of land management. As our climate shifts, weather events are becoming more variable and extreme, with overall increases in temperature, precipitation amounts and intensity, and growing season length. The potential impacts of these changes can be far-reaching, including livestock heat stress, delayed planting due to field wetness, crop and forage yield declines, increased risk of erosion and nutrient loss, and increases in weeds, pests, and disease. These sorts of challenges can result in higher production costs and lower yields. Luckily, we have the ability to prepare for and adapt to these changes. It is the goal of USDA-NRCS Indiana to assist farmers and landowners in adapting to climate variability by building resilient systems for your land and operations of all types and sizes, to ensure continued productivity and profitability, in spite of new and evolving challenges.
Climate Change Tree Atlas - A useful resource for tree plantings and reforestation projects, to help consider which tree species are more likely to have suitable habitat in Indiana in the future. Selecting future-adapted species may lead to greater success and survivability for tree plantings over the long term. Tree Atlas results for statewide and southern Indiana and useful video for understanding Tree Atlas results.