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IFB Says Corn Farmers Adjusting To Climate "Risks"

Thu, 12 Jun 2014 16:47:40 CDT
By: Sarah Beckman

IFB Says Corn Farmers Adjusting To Climate
A new report by CERES says corn crops across the nation are being threatened by climate change, but the Illinois Farm Bureau says state farmers are already making adjustments. The report notes that sustainable irrigation and seed technology should be adapted by growers. Tamara Nelsen with the Farm Bureau says Illinois farmers are making strides in efficient irrigation practices and growing stronger corn varieties.


"Anybody who relies on irrigation is trying to be very mindful and make sure that their family farm is operating in a way that's sustainable for the future. I think they try to be ready for everything."

The report warns corn growers in the Midwest could lose as much as 15 percent of their yield within the next 50 years due to climate change.

Read the Ceres report.


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