Spring/summer outlook and El Nino

The January long range outlooks were released two weeks ago.  The main themes are continued similar overall pattern is expected into February and possibly into spring.  Colder conditions are more likely in the northern plains with no strong indications on precipitation except for some increased chances in the Ohio Valley.

The more interesting feature in the outlooks is not mentioned in the outlooks directly.  Recent forecasts for El Nino have been showing Continue reading

Corn Belt Farmer Perspectives on Climate and Ag Summarized in New Report

New Report!

New Report!

A new report on farmer perspectives on climate and agriculture, gathered in a 2012 survey of nearly 5000 farmers from 11 Corn Belt states, presents survey results by watershed. The survey was conducted in partnership with the Useful to Usable (U2U) project (www.AgClimate4U.org), another USDA-funded climate and agriculture project. The watersheds that were surveyed account for more than half of all US corn and soybean production. Farmers selected for the survey were those who grew corn and who had more than $100,000 in gross farm income in 2011; these larger-scale farmers cultivate approximately 80 percent of the farmland in the region.

The farmer survey data have been compiled in a “statistical atlas” that contains tables that present the data and maps that show the geographical distribution of survey results across the Corn Belt. Data presented include: Continue reading