A warming Midwest increases likelihood that farmers will need to irrigate

Posted by on June 18, 2019 9:27 am
Categories: Top News

If current climate and crop-improvement trends continue into the future, Midwestern US corn growers who today rely on rainfall to water their crops will need to irrigate their fields, a new study finds. This could draw down aquifers, disrupt streams and rivers, and set up conflicts between agricultural and other human and ecological needs for water, scientists say.

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