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Climate Change in Corn Belt

From ISU

Temperature change increase of 1.3°F to 1.9°F since 1895, most of the change is since 1970.

Most of the warming has been in the cool half of the year

Summer humidity has increased

Mean precipitation has increased slightly

Heavy rainfall happens more often

Mean precipitation is predicted to increase slightly, mostly in winter and spring

Heavy summer precipitation is projected to increase


What does that mean?

More summer humidity might affect the kinds and amount of diseases

Warmer winters might affect insects wintering over

Heavier rainfall may affect drainage needs

Cover crops might help with bigger rains