Climate change is impacting farming. That’s according to meteorologist Paul Douglas, the keynote speaker at the Red River Basin Commission meeting. More weather extremes are expected moving forward, and for the upper Midwest, this means potential for more rain. “We’ve been pretty lucky in recent years. In 2016, Minnesota had two separate mega-rainfall events, but I’m a little more sensitive to these extreme rainfall events,” explains Douglas. “I think the odds of drought are maybe lower than they would be in a typical year.” With the weather extremes, Douglas says farmers will be challenged to come up with new ways to improve in production.
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