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How is climate change affecting agriculture?

By Pam Kan-Rice, UC ANR Tuesday, March 22, 2016

In an effort to forecast how climate change may affect agriculture, University of California agricultural economists looked at how climate has affected crop acreage in the past. The effect of temperature changes on plants depends on local conditions and the crops grown. In a case study of Yolo County agriculture, warmer winter temperatures would reduce chill hours, potentially reducing yields for some crops while extending the growing season for others, according to a UC study published in the peer-reviewed journal California Agriculture.

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