Scientists have determined that precipitation and temperature variations over the past 20 years have suppressed the U.S. average soybean yield gain by about 30 percent, causing an industry loss of $11 billion nationwide. Read more. (Photo: Fuse.)
Interesting NBC News story this morning. Scientists speaking at the American Association for the Advancement of Science annual meeting say climate change has moved America’s breadbasket north — North Dakota now produces more wheat than Kansas; the corn and soybelt belts have pushed into Canada. What does this hold for farms and farmers, consumers and food security, and the research that supports them? From the story: “The experts said heading off a food crisis will require changes in every aspect of production and consumption. ‘Adaptation strategies should be under way,” (Berkeley Lab scientist Michael) Wehner said. ‘Denying this, I think, is a disservice to the public.’ ”
What has CFAES meant to Miranda McClendon, a senior honors student from Gary, Indiana, in the Environment, Economy, Development and Sustainability program? “I can really see the change in me, and the growth.” Get to know her, and her energy- and community-related goals after graduation, in this new video. (Video: Walter Warkus, CFAES Communications.)
Are bed bugs becoming resistant to certain pesticides? Find out on Wednesday, Feb. 25, in the spring seminar series by CFAES’s Department of Entomology. Details (scroll down).
A repurposed, CFAES-developed food pH sensor has made the first cut in an international competition. Goal: Find a new way to measure ocean acidification.
Do bits and pieces from genetically modified Bt corn plants affect non-target insects living in nearby streams? The University of Maryland’s Bill Lamp talks about his research and findings at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 25, in a presentation hosted by CFAES’s Department of Horticulture and Crop Science. In Columbus, with a video link to CFAES’s research arm, OARDC, in Wooster. Details.
Live near Lake Erie? Instructors Steve Ackerman and Margaret Mooney, both of them Badgers, discuss Changing Weather and Climate in the Great Lakes Region, their new free online course. You’re invited to join them, and fellow learners from around the lakes, here.