Warm temperatures and limited snow cover are a big change from what was seen in the last two winters. University of Minnesota Extension State Soil Health Specialist Anna Cates says this can impact the amount of wind erosion seen. “If we can hold soil in the field, we hold nutrients,” said Cates. “But, the less snow cover might mean an earlier, warmer spring which might be a great thing for farmers.” Soil erosion research can be tricky. “One thing about wind erosion is that soil can move a long way. Once it lifts off it can move hundreds of miles.” Having residue in the field in the form of wheat stubble, corn stocks or a living cover crop can be helpful in preventing wind erosion. Hear the full interview with Anna Cates here.
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