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For Climate Change, the American Farmer is the Sleeping Giant

For Climate Change, the American Farmer is the Sleeping Giant. Part of the reason may be that while the national average changed, many parts of the country had little or no change. American corn farmers are one such group who remain skeptical of climate change and largely unharmed by it so far. If temperatures are already rising, corn production should be falling and farmers should be clamoring for definitive action to mitigate the impacts of climate change. But crucially, the National Climate Assessment numbers showing increased temperatures across the country are average annual temperature increases—a closer look at the changes in temperatures shows that the way these average temperature rises played out in the Corn Belt have not hurt farmers or their crops. Of course, temperature is only one of many climate measures that can impact crop yields, but studies have confirmed that July temperatures are the most crucial for corn production. When July temperatures get too high, corn yields fall dramatically. As the map shows, the corn belt has had no statistically significant increases in temperature from 1980 to 2010. And a July cooling trend could have the tendency to even raise corn yields, meaning over that 30-year period, climate patterns have generally been good news for American corn farmers. And if that is not a spurious trend but one that continues, President Trump and the Republican-led Congress should soon be hearing protests from a key constituency and non-traditional climate group—the American corn farmer.

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