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The obvious, long-term answer to this problem is to treat the soil more gently. Reduce intensity of tillage. If you want to go to the extreme, consider going no-till entirely. Use a larger variety of crops to reduce the risk of catastrophic failure of a single crop. This will make the entire operation more sustainable. And plant soil-friendly cover crops - especially of the leguminous variety.
Soil Improvement
Solutions to Food Security Crisis:
With the continuing lack of rainfall, concerns about crop viability have grown more pressing. But, another pressing concern is soil quality.

Healthy, unbroken soils may be composed of as much as 15 percent organic soil. Unfortunately, due to long application of intensive tilling practices, many soils have plummeted down to 1 percent organic matter, or even less! With levels this low, the soils become very vulnerable to compaction and loss of porosity.
Long-term Solutions to Increase Soil Microbe Levels
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What does this have to do with the drought? Well, when organic matter levels fall so low, soil loses its ability to hold water. The complete lack of porosity makes the soil more analogous to pavement than a sponge. So whenever rain finally does arrive, it simply runs off, leaving the crops high and dry. Oftentimes, it takes the topsoil with it, causing tremendous amounts of erosion.
An Immediate Answer to Low Microbe Levels

In the interim, you might look at taking steps to increase your soil's organic matter levels immediately. Addition of microbial content could be a vital part of this short-term solution. Increasing organic matter levels from just 1 to 3 percent has been shown to double soil's ability to hold water. So, use of natural microbial products like EM-1 can help condition soil into a more high-quality base for crop growth. This comes as a result of the products' ability to reopen the soil, giving it greater structure and porosity. This can be a valuable weapon in a farmer's arsenal in the midst of a drought.