New study finds changes in farming practices can help the planet

1 year 1 month 4 weeks ago Thursday, July 19 2018 Jul 19, 2018 Thursday, July 19, 2018 1:09:00 PM CDT July 19, 2018 in News
By: Stephanie Sandoval, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

COLUMBIA - A new study released Wednesday by Climate Central found conservation farming practices can help promote healthier soil and increase resilience when it comes to extreme weather caused by climate change.

Ethan Miller, a Missouri farmer, knows about the importance of conservation farming.

He farms with his family in Audrain, Boone and Callaway counties.

Miller also works for the Boone County Soil and Water Conservation District.

The study, “Soil Solutions: Climate-Smart Farming in the Show Me State," looked at how much carbon could be stored in Missouri’s soil per year through different farming practices, such as modified grazing practices, like rotational grazing.

"We like carbon in our soil because that's our soil organic matter and as we increase our soil organic matter, we increase our water capacity, we increase the nutrient cycling. We can decrease nitrogen costs and things like that," Miller said.

Researchers found using cover crops, like ryegrass or clover, has the potential to offset and store the carbon pollution created from all cars belonging to residents of St. Louis and Kansas City combined.  

They also found the amount of carbon that could be stored in the soil each year through carbon-smart farming practices is more than double the annual carbon emissions from all sources in the city of Columbia.  

The study also looked at individual counties and the maximum potential for carbon savings.

It found counties in the Missouri Bootheel region, like New Madrid, have the highest potential for carbon savings.     

Because of extreme weather changes, farmers are facing new challenges every day such as flash floods, intensive heat and drought. The extreme conditions damage crops and cause soil erosion.     

Miller implements some of the practices when farming like rotational grazing, not tilling the ground and using cover crops.

“So cover crops have a lot of benefits," Miller said. "It could be for weed reduction, nutrient cycling, it could provide supplemental grazing — a whole variety of things.” 

MU Atmospheric Science Professor Anthony Lupo said Missouri’s climate has been changing. 

"It always has and of course we're noticing in the last 40 years that the temperatures have been warmer in the winter time and they have been warmer at night," Lupo said. "We're also seeing an increase in precipitation that we're seeing across the entire United States." 

Lupo said Missouri is changing a little more slowly because we're at a little bit lower latitude than other places. 

"The changes that we've seen in Missouri are not quite as drastic as they are elsewhere," he said. "The changes here have been fairly mild."

He said places like Russia and Canada are seeing faster changes in climate. 

"Changes in weather and climate affect us all and will have an influence on what we eat, how we work and even how we live," Lupo said. 

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA - The Missouri State Highway Patrol is helping two county agencies with a death investigation Tuesday. Troop F,... More >>
45 minutes ago Tuesday, September 17 2019 Sep 17, 2019 Tuesday, September 17, 2019 8:28:37 AM CDT September 17, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - School Resource Officers (SROs) will be staying in Columbia Public Schools for at least another month. The Columbia... More >>
7 hours ago Tuesday, September 17 2019 Sep 17, 2019 Tuesday, September 17, 2019 1:22:00 AM CDT September 17, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Police told KOMU there was a fatality from a car striking a pedestrian late Monday night. Columbia... More >>
9 hours ago Monday, September 16 2019 Sep 16, 2019 Monday, September 16, 2019 11:20:00 PM CDT September 16, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - A woman face charges of domestic assault, property damage and driving while intoxicated after investigators said she... More >>
11 hours ago Monday, September 16 2019 Sep 16, 2019 Monday, September 16, 2019 10:11:00 PM CDT September 16, 2019 in News
BELLEFONTAINE NEIGHBORS, Mo. — A head-on crash in Cole County over the weekend killed a St. Louis County couple travelling... More >>
11 hours ago Monday, September 16 2019 Sep 16, 2019 Monday, September 16, 2019 9:45:00 PM CDT September 16, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Hickman High School got its first eSports club five years ago, but this year, it's finally getting its... More >>
18 hours ago Monday, September 16 2019 Sep 16, 2019 Monday, September 16, 2019 3:00:00 PM CDT September 16, 2019 in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A suburban St. Louis-based company is offering free test-preparation classes for high school students in... More >>
18 hours ago Monday, September 16 2019 Sep 16, 2019 Monday, September 16, 2019 2:25:00 PM CDT September 16, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - The city did not collect curbside recycling on Monday due to what they are calling "severe collection staff... More >>
19 hours ago Monday, September 16 2019 Sep 16, 2019 Monday, September 16, 2019 1:28:00 PM CDT September 16, 2019 in News
MILLER COUNTY - A man pleaded guilty Monday to child molestation, prosecutors said. Dillon J. Robertson pleaded guilty to... More >>
20 hours ago Monday, September 16 2019 Sep 16, 2019 Monday, September 16, 2019 1:12:00 PM CDT September 16, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Interim Columbia Police Chief Geoff Jones will officially remove the interim label from his job title at Monday... More >>
20 hours ago Monday, September 16 2019 Sep 16, 2019 Monday, September 16, 2019 12:47:00 PM CDT September 16, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Police Chief Geoff Jones was sworn in Monday night during a Columbia City Council meeting. Jones became interim... More >>
20 hours ago Monday, September 16 2019 Sep 16, 2019 Monday, September 16, 2019 12:47:00 PM CDT September 16, 2019 in Continuous News
COLUMBIA - Adults who never received a high school diploma will soon have a second chance to go back to... More >>
23 hours ago Monday, September 16 2019 Sep 16, 2019 Monday, September 16, 2019 9:27:00 AM CDT September 16, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - A family of four is getting help from the Red Cross after a fire forced them from... More >>
1 day ago Monday, September 16 2019 Sep 16, 2019 Monday, September 16, 2019 4:32:00 AM CDT September 16, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY — The River City Habitat for Humanity housed more than 1 million nails over the weekend. Mid... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, September 15 2019 Sep 15, 2019 Sunday, September 15, 2019 10:31:00 PM CDT September 15, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - The mother of one of the victims in Columbia's two weekend homicides described her daughter as "a really... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, September 15 2019 Sep 15, 2019 Sunday, September 15, 2019 10:05:00 PM CDT September 15, 2019 in News
To start this climate conversation, we have to begin somewhere. So, let's start with the basics: the difference between weather... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, September 15 2019 Sep 15, 2019 Sunday, September 15, 2019 8:45:00 PM CDT September 15, 2019 in Climate
JEFFERSON CITY - Three people died in a crash Sunday afternoon in Cole County while a driver fled from police... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, September 15 2019 Sep 15, 2019 Sunday, September 15, 2019 8:39:00 PM CDT September 15, 2019 in Top Stories
COLUMBIA - Interim Police Chief Geoff Jones will officially make the switch to permanent police chief in a swearing-in Monday.... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, September 15 2019 Sep 15, 2019 Sunday, September 15, 2019 3:40:00 PM CDT September 15, 2019 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 76°
10am 82°
11am 85°
12pm 87°
1pm 89°