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Southern Plains Blog--What did you do during the great Winter Storm of 2021?

Tue, 23 Feb 2021 08:45:31 CST

Southern Plains Blog--What did you do during the great Winter Storm of 2021? There's a new Southern Plains Blog Post Up and Ready!

In this post we talk about how we implemented our own "weather adaptation strategy" on our operation during last week's winter blitz and how an adaptation plan is no where near as complicated as you might think.

"Well, the worst of it is over (I think). The Southern Plains great cold snap/polar vortex/snow storm of Feb. 2021 is in the rear-view mirror. As we come out on the other side of this historic event, I think it’s only appropriate to ask ourselves what kind of adaptation strategies did we use on our farming and ranching operations and what lessons did we learn.

People have often asked me what I mean when I write or talk about climate adaptation strategies for farming and ranching operations. The impression they often have is that I am talking about some grand strategy that employs modern technology and takes tons of money and time.

Clearly they have never visited Pope Hilltop Farms……..

Pope Hilltop Farms is the name we have given to our farming and ranching operation here at Loyal, Oklahoma. My brother, his wife and granddaughters, my oldest nephew, my mom, myself and my wife and kids make up the operation. As I have said before, I am a “part-timer” having also the USDA climate hub/consulting gig as part of my livelihood. That said, this past week it was definitely all hands-on deck and we implemented our own “climate change, extreme weather adaptation plan” which I figure mirrored many of yours."

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