Thursday, June 13, 2013

Climate change and wetter springs

During yesterday's drive down to Luther College, located in Decorah, Iowa, I noticed that many of the farmer's fields in Southern Minnesota had only recently been planted, while others showed no indication of crop growth.  This spring has been so wet it hasn't been afforded farmers a window of opportunity to plant. Many will not be eligible for crop insurance coverage for their corn, since it would have already needed to be planted by now in oder to have a good chance of maturing by fall.

More information about climate change and its impact on agriculture is available from an article by Dr. Gene Takle, Iowa State's Takle addresses USDA on climate change and its effects on agriculture. As a side note, Dr. Takle is a graduate of Luther College and was a national cross country champion while a student there in the 1960's.

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