How will Iowa’s increasing precipitation affect agriculture?
Iowa Learning Farms will host a webinar, “Will the rain ever stop?” Wednesday at noon. The webinar is open to all who are interested in participating, and will be lead by Christopher J. Anderson, assistant director of the Climate Science Program at Iowa State University. He will discuss increasing Iowa rainfall amounts and the implications this precipitation has on the agriculture industry.
A clear trend in the U.S. is the frequency and intensity of heavy rainfall in Northeastern and Central States. A recent Wallaces Farmer article stated the long-term impact these weather trends have on the farming community is crucial. Farm management will have to adapt. The agriculture industry will be required to respond with improved genetics, a change in planting and harvest schedules, and more, to help defend seeds against growing precipitation.