|Montana State University researcher Perry Miller found that planting peas in rotation with wheat captures water and provides an extra forage crop. |
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Selecting plants adapted to the conditions on your farm or ranch can be an important water management strategy. Consider drought-tolerant varieties, often native species that perform well in your climate, for water efficiency. Plants with deep root systems, such as buffalo grass, can stretch to the water table. Finally, some rangeland species -– such as cool-season grasses ideal for cool-climate pastures or their warm-season cousins for hotter zones -– thrive in dry conditions.