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Springtime soil is often cold, wet and less hospitable for starting healthy crops, but modern seed treatments provide added protection for seeds during early growth stages, when they are particularly susceptible to soil-borne diseases.
Many farmers have discovered the benefits of buffer strips—zones of native trees, shrubs and grasses planted strategically between crops and bodies of water—that provide valuable protection from potential flooding and reduce soil erosion.
Farmers can take on the role of meteorologist and determine the best times to begin field preparations and planting with the help of smartphone apps that monitor weather patterns.