Last night we were caught up in the weather chat about the past October month.
The average temperature is 1.5 degrees, or 15% higher, 40 mm or 50% less precipitation, and more than 60 hours of sunshine or 50% more hours of sunshine.
Al met al een grote afwijking in vergelijking met het meerjarig gemiddelde. Het was de 7. driest month in a row.
However, if we go a little further back in time, we come to the autumn of 2017. It was so wet, gigantic!
What problems has that caused! The central question is: 'How do we deal with this, what can we do?'
In the 80's I worked in the Midwest of the USA, there they had a saying:
“The winter rains replenish water supplies, the summer rains are there to refresh.”
In other words; they realize that the precipitation that falls must be retained as well as possible, in order to achieve a good harvest with yield. They achieve this with deep-rooted crops and adapted processing strategies.
The Netherlands is a delta; slow flowing rivers through a flat landscape. But will that delta be as humid in the future as it used to be?
Or is it wise to review our strategy and adapt it to the new circumstances?
“The best way to predict the future is to create it.” ~ Peter Drucker
The use of sod-forming grasses has a long tradition that has functioned well for many years and that met the requirements that applied at the time.
However, there are also drawbacks
Sod formers take root superficially and put the organic matter, the sponge of the soil, horizontally on top of the bottom.
Contrary to popular belief, when there is excessive rainfall, this quickly makes soils impassable!
The animals move quickly through the sod, as do machines!
Sod formers produce less in times of drought. After all, the top layer of the soil dries out fastest in the summer.
The species in the Saladebuffet roots meters deep, breaking disturbing layers in this way, introducing air into the soil and capturing organic matter deep in that soil. In this way, the soil will store and retain much more moisture in a period with a lot of precipitation, so that it can be used for growth in a dry period.
Catching and retaining precipitation, for a longer period of time, is best with deep-rooted crops, as they are abundant in the Saladebuffetten. Applying Saladebuffetten makes the forage production of farming more secure in uncertain times.
Saladebuffetten are reliable and give you peace of mind in dry periods.