If you invest in one of the many Florida farms for sale that are available from Saunders Real Estate, you will have a lot of decisions to make. Among decisions about the types of crops and livestock you will grow and raise, there are questions about maintaining the proper environment. This includes dealing with adverse situations, like droughts. While it’s nearly impossible to survive a drought completely unscaved, there are practices that you can commit to that will minimize the damage.
In the first part of this series, we focused on tips that can help you preserve the water that you have and distribute it in the best possible way. We also gave tips for protecting livestock. In this part, we will focus on soil and alternative ways for dealing with a drought as a landowner.
Soil Best Practices
As a farmer, it’s critical to consider ways to conserve your water and ensure that your soil remains fertile for crop growth. Consider the following tips:
- Add mulch to soil to reduce evaporation. This mulch should include organic waste and yard clippings.
- Based on lower yield expectancy, consider changing fertilizer rates.
- Continually monitor soil moisture.
- Increase your soil’s capacity to hold water by using a subsoiler.
In anticipation of a drought, use barrels to collect water throughout the year. These barrels can be placed throughout your property and the water can be put into use when rainfall is scarce.
If drought conditions are seasonal, it is worth considering alternatives to traditional farming. This will allow you to generate revenues, even if your farm is not yielding crops at an ideal level. These activities include:
- Summer camps
- Farm-related vacations, including a Bed and Breakfast
- Alternative crops and livestock