New Southern Plains Perspective Blog Post Explores a Changing Climate's Impact on Crop YieldsThu, 14 Oct 2021 11:05:24 CDT
In this blog post Clay Pope talks about future yield change data from ProPublica. Spoiler alert: It does not look good for the Southern Plains. See this blog on the Southern Plains Perspective website by clicking or tapping here.
Today, I want to call attention to some interesting information posted by Pam Knox with the University of Georgia Extension Service.
I follow several ag and climate blogs to try and keep up on what folks around the country are seeing and saying about climate change, agriculture and natural resource issues. One of my favorite blogs (and one you should check out) is On the Case-Climate and Agriculture in the Southeast put out by Pam Knox with the University of Georgia. Pam puts out timely and interesting information about the impact our changing climate is having on agriculture in the Southeastern portion of the country-so interesting and timely in fact that I am going to steal the information she had on one of her latest posts.
In her Oct. 6 blog, Pam highlighted a story map that was put out by ProPublica in 2020 showing some of the likely changes in climate over the next 50 years as the earth gets warmer. This map also has a way for you to search for your home county to see what potential changes may be in store.
If you are having a hard time reading the map, let me break it down. The more purple your county, the worse it will be (when it comes to yields). In fact, according to ProPublica, which based its map on a paper published by the National Academy of Science, we could be looking at yield drops in Oklahoma and Texas as much as 60% to 70% over the next 50 years. That is a fun thing to look at right in the middle of wheat planting
Anyway, if you get a chance, check out Pam’s blog and the map, by clicking the link above. It offers great information and gives you some food for thought.
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The blog deals with climate change, the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report that was released recently and the role research, specifically LTAR, can play in helping Agriculture deal with what's heading our way.
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