NRCS Conservation Programs Help KC Farmers Gain Climate Resilience
Kansas City is hot in the summer, especially this Summer, as we saw heat records fall across the region and around the world. With this heat comes learning opportunities- opportunities for farmers to employ climate mitigating strategies and become more climate resilient. With support from SARE, farmers at the New Roots training farm were able to implement the climate resilient strategy of using shade cloth when starting fall transplants.
In the Kansas City area, fall plantings begin as early as late July, and it is a difficult task for any farmer to get these cooler season crops off to a good start in the summer heat. Crops like broccoli, kale, cabbage are out of their comfort zone of growth and don’t establish well when it’s in the 90s and 100s. The summer sun is intense, scorches leaves, and the pest pressure in late summer is much higher than early spring. Shade cloth alleviates many of these issues giving crops the quick establishment they crave.