Nebraska climatologists discuss changing conditions in the state, identifying a trend toward slightly warmer and wetter springs. Three maps show median and early and last freeze dates across the state.
A shift toward warmer and wetter springs may create opportunities and also challenges for Nebraska farmers. The change may alter the timing of many agricultural processes, management decisions, pest pressures as well as growing season length. This article outlines potential impacts and their effects in a number of these areas.
The new Nebraska State Climate Office is seeking input from the state’s agriculture industry—from crop and livestock producers to consultants, agribusiness, schools, and government agencies—regarding how they use climate information and what data and tools they would like to use, if developed.
The UNL Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources has established the Nebraska State Climate Office to serve as the primary source of climate information for Nebraska. Initially, the office will be focusing on identifying services, monitoring climate, and developing tools for user engagement, especially in the agriculture sector, including contributing to CropWatch.