Give Now

Earth Eats: Real Food, Green Living

Study: Climate Change Forces New Choices For Farmers

The study measures the difference in number and occurrence of field working days the climate becomes more volatile to agriculture.

field

Photo: Jimmy Brown (Flickr)

As the climate becomes wetter in the spring and hotter in the summer, farmers will have to adjust their planting season and crop varieties.

As our planet changes, so do the things we grow from it, though until now, it’s been hard to know how those changes would play out for farmers.

But researchers at the University of Illinois found food producers will have to adjust their planting seasons in the coming years, thanks to climate change.

The study measures the difference in field working days – days that can be used for planting, tilling, monitoring, and harvesting crops – that will come either earlier or later as the climate becomes wetter in the spring and hotter in the summer.

To mitigate these changes, the study suggests farmers choose crop varieties with longer maturation cycles that can tolerate drought, or quick-maturing varieties that can be harvested before the heat of the summer.

Read More:

  • A Concrete Way To See How Climate Change Will Affect Farming (Modern Farmer)
  • Farming riskier due to climate change (AgriNews)
Taylor Killough

Taylor Killough has degrees anthropology and journalism. She has worked with the oral history project StoryCorps. A nomad at heart, she recently returned to Louisville, Kentucky, where's she's excited to have her own kitchen and garden again.

View all posts by this author »

What is RSS? RSS makes it possible to subscribe to a website's updates instead of visiting it by delivering new posts to your RSS reader automatically. Choose to receive some or all of the updates from Earth Eats:

Support For Indiana Public Media Comes From

About Earth Eats

Search Earth Eats

Earth Eats on Twitter

Earth Eats on Flickr

Harvest Public Media