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The arid Southwest has been heavily impacted by drought and climate change. The Southwest states are some of the driest in the nation. Droughts damage pastures and crops, leading to economic losses in agriculture. This fact sheet is the first in a series of three that provide an overview of drought-tolerant crops, grasses, and native plants, which may assist in maintaining agricultural production for food and feed and sustain grasslands and rangelands in the arid Southwest. The following grasses, grains, and legumes used for forage, fodder, and human consumption, are all drought tolerant and, in many cases, tolerate salty soil conditions. Their drought-tolerant features are discussed in addition to soil preferences, preferred growing conditions, and market conditions and profitability.



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