Iowa Agriculture in consideration of climate change

By Kevin Kilty A recent article in Physics Today[1] presents use of regional climate modeling in forecasting how climate change might impact agriculture in the U.S. Midwest. This guest blog offers a summary of this effort, and makes additional observations. Introduction The introduction makes a case that Iowa is a proxy for the Midwest itself,…

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Let there be corn! Reality check on the 2012 drought and corn yields in relation to droughts of the past

There’s a lot of hype out there regarding the drought and its potential effects on crops. Predictions range from increased food prices to dustbowlification”, a term coined by “Joe Romm. A complicit media follows. Tom Nelson points out some interesting facts: Drought to cost $12B, most since 1988 – USATODAY.com The Kiwis think otherwise though,…