Climate Change

Nebraska map showing trends in average annual temperature, by Nebraska district

Nebraska’s Changing Climate ― Highlights from the 4th National Climate Assessment December 6, 2018

A study of Nebraska's climate data indicates changes in temperature and precipitation patterns that will directly affect many areas of Nebraska agricultural production by mid-century. Among these changes are wetter springs, more high-heat days in summer, and a longer growing season.

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Changes in crop yield due to shifts in temperature and precipitation from 2968 to 2013
Changes in crop yield due to shifts in temperature and precipitation from 2968 to 2013

University Research Published in Nature Investigates Climate Effects on Ag Yields March 22, 2018

While climate change is often described on a global scale, a new University of Nebraska-Lincoln study indicates changing climate trends in the Great Plains between 1968 and 2013 drove about 25% of the collective fluctuations in corn, soybean, and sorghum yields.

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Figure 1. Harkamal Walia (second from left) discusses an experimental plan for the grant at the High Throughput Phenotyping facility at the Greenhouse Innovation Center on Nebraska Innovation Campus. From left is Toshihiro Obata, Hongfeng Yu and Qi Zhang. Not pictured are researchers Chi Zhang and Gota Morota. (Photo by Craig Chandler, University Communication)

University Leads Research into Heat-Tolerant Crops August 2, 2017

An agronomy professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln has been awarded a $5.78 million National Science Foundation grant to explore the effects of high nighttime temperatures on wheat and rice. The stress of high nighttime temperatures can lead to severe losses in crop yield and quality. Researchers from Arkansas State University and Kansas State University will be collaborating on the project.

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