Eric Walberg, the senior climate services program leader at Manomet Science Center in Plymouth, will discuss changes in weather patterns that could impact the farming community on Thursday, June 29, at 7 pm at the Ag Hall. His presentation will also cover the projected rising sea level, an increased level of coastal storms, and the risks they pose to the coastal environment.
Some of the ways the changing patterns could affect farmers are by reduced water availability and increased drought frequency, new weeds and pests, as well as the challenge of selecting crop varieties that can tolerate the changing seasonal weather. Perennial crops that need winter insulation from snow may suffer from decreased snow cover as well as ice damage.
Mr. Walberg will discuss what to expect and how to prepare for the likely challenges.
In addition to the Conservation District, the program is sponsored by Polly Hill Arboretum, the M.V. Agricultural Society, and Island Grown Initiative. The event is free and open to the public.