We hope you got a chuckle out of our April Fool’s Day prank—but crop health really is a serious matter. From harsh droughts to damaging winds to tenacious floods, farmers across the U.S battle challenging weather on a daily basis. Not to mention, the pests and diseases that they must protect their crops against.
In the infographic below, take a real look at America’s crop health, from common pests that infiltrate crop rows to the most prevalent weather threats. As you can see, if you’ve experienced crop losses in recent years, you’re not alone. “Taking a Hit” outlines the billions of dollars farmers have lost due to natural disasters, and “High-maintenance Veggies” outlines some of the crops that give even the most successful farmers trouble.
And we won’t let you head out to the farm empty-handed. Check out “On Guard” for tips on keeping crop productivity high this season.