High winds and dry soils are bad combination when it comes to controlling soil erosion. It's important to monitor fields conditions in the event that emergency erosion control measures are needed.
Cropland can be quite susceptible to wind erosion under some conditions, particularly through the winter. Dry conditions and high winds in western KS in recent weeks have contributed to episodes of blowing soil. Learn more about emergency measures that can help control wind erosion.
An initiative to support windbreaks and other green infrastructure on Kansas farms is much-needed in light of recent data indicating that more than half of windbreaks in the state are in fair to poor condition.
Cropland can be quite susceptible to wind erosion under some conditions. Cooler-than-normal temperatures and drought conditions may limit vegetative growth and cover. Burning or removing crop residues for forage creates a particularly serious hazard. Winter wheat and other fall-planted crop fields also may be susceptible during periods of low cover in the winter and early spring. This is particularly true during drought.
Following wheat harvest some producers may consider burning or baling their wheat stubble. There are four main factors to consider before taking any action that removes residue from the soil surface. Understanding the true value of leaving crop residue in place can help producers decide what is best for their system.