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ICYMI farm news highlights | Wednesday, December 15, 2021

We’re halfway through the week. In case you missed the latest headlines here’s a quick recap.

Cover Crops

“Soil is life,” says Ohio State University soil scientist and 2020 World Food Prize winner Rattan Lai. “There is no soil without life, and no life without soil. We don’t need more land. We need to better use what we have.”

Covering soils to nix erosion is a good step toward progress.

Several farmers shared their successes and lessons learned at the recent Soil Management Summit in Mankato, Minnesota. Editor Megan Schilling compiled much of their advice in the latest coverage on

Weather News

For the second year in a row, the cooler sister of El Niño showed up at the winter party in the Eastern Pacific. La Niña is expected to stick around until at least spring 2022 in the Northern Hemisphere.

“This La Niña probably means bad news for the American southwest, which should see lower-than-normal rainfall this winter,” says Josh Willis, a climate scientist and oceanographer. 

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