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Climate Variability and the Productivity of Barley and Oats in Minnesota.

Klink, Katherine, Christopher J. Crawford, Jochum J. Wiersma, and Deon D. Stuthman.

Minnesota’s crop economy, which totaled more than $12.7 billion in 2009, depends largely on corn and soybeans. However, a variety of other crops, including wheat, sugar beets, dry beans, alfalfa, sunflower, potatoes, oats, and barley, are also frequently grown in Minnesota. All of these crops are important in Minnesota in large part because its climate is conducive to their growth. Year-to-year variability in weather conditions is a given in Minnesota. The Minnesota climate, however, also may be changing. For example, long-term observations across Minnesota have provided evidence for higher mean temperatures (particularly at night), higher summer dew points, and higher total precipitation. This research project investigated how variations in climate—both temperature and precipitation—may affect crop productivity by analyzing long-term records of barley and oat yields in Minnesota.

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Minneapolis: Center for Urban and Regional Affairs, University of Minnesota.
The research on which this article is based was supported in part by a grant from CURA’s Faculty Interactive Research Program. Additional funding was provided by the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota.
41 (1): 12-18
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