There is much unknown about the ramifications of large-scale deployment of geoengineering technologies. Are they merely short-term fixes? What are the...
Creating Resilience in the Food System Amidst Climate ChangeLast Updated on 2014-07-29 13:17:24The global food system is growing more fragile. Changing climate and volatile weather patterns threaten global food production and the livelihood of smallscale farmers around the globe. And current weather patterns could reduce food production globally by two percent each decade for the rest of this century, according to The Chicago Council on Global Affairs.
The increase in food prices in 2008, excessive heat and drought resulting in wildfires in Russia in 2010, and most recently the worst drought in more than 100 years in California, all are warning signs that farmers and farmers’ groups, global food producers, industry leaders, researchers, and scientists must address the planet’s food security in the face of weather volatility and climate change.
Fortunately, innovations in fields, farms, kitchens, among businesses, and in laboratories and boardrooms already exist.... More »
AgClimate View Tool - U2U Decison Support ToolsLast Updated on 2014-07-25 13:53:32
AgClimate View – your source for historical climate and crop yield data in the Corn Belt.
Plot local monthly temperature and precipitation variation back to 1980
Track county crop yields and trends (where data is available)
Consider crop yields in the context of monthly temperature, precipitation and growing degree day (GDD50) data
Used in tandem with other decision resources, this product can help you find long-term correlations between climate trends and yields and help put your recent growing cycles into historical context.
The AgClimate View tool provides access to customized historical climate and crop yield data for the U.S. Corn Belt. Used in tandem with other decision resources, this product can help you find long-term correlations between climate trends and yields and help put your recent growing cycles into historical context.
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Corn Growing Degree Days: U2U Decision Support Tools Last Updated on 2014-07-25 13:49:31
The Corn Growing Degree Day (GDD) decision support tool puts current conditions into a 30-year historical perspective and offers trend projections (based on climatology) through the end of the calendar year. GDD projections, combined with analysis of historical analog data, can help you make decisions about:
Climate Risks– Identify the likelihood of early and late frosts/freezes.
Activity Planning – Consider corn hybrid estimated physiological maturity requirements, along with GDD projections when making seed purchasing and other growing season decisions.
Marketing – Look at historical and projected GDD when considering forward pricing and crop insurance purchases.
While this tool is not meant to be a crystal ball, data and information derived from the tool can be used to make helpful inferences about current conditions, especially when combined with... More »
National Climate Assessment: Impacts to AgricultureLast Updated on 2014-07-24 16:03:33
The United States produces nearly $330 billion per year in agricultural commodities, with contributions from livestock accounting for roughly half of that value. Production of all commodities will be vulnerable to direct impacts (from changes in crop and livestock development and yield due to changing climate conditions and extreme weather events) and indirect impacts (through increasing pressures from pests and pathogens that will benefit from a changing climate). The agricultural sector continually adapts to climate change through changes in crop rotations, planting times, genetic selection, fertilizer management, pest management, water management, and shifts in areas of crop production. These have proven to be effective strategies to allow previous agricultural production to increase, as evidenced by the continued growth in production and efficiency across the United... More »
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