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Climate-Induced Reduction in US-Wide Soybean Yields Underpinned by Region- and in-Season Specific Responses
February 2016

By Shawn P. Conley, Ph.D.
Professor of Agronomy
Plant Science Department
University of Wisconsin, Madison
Phone: 608-262-7975


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Summary: Mitigating crop yield loss due to weather variability has been a challenge to farmers since the day we planted the first cultivated seed. Over the last several decades however farmers and crop consultants alike have noted that weather extremes seem to occur more frequently and to a greater duration. This presentation will help consultants, farmers, and other practitioners in the Midwest and Mid-south soybean production regions better understand the role of climate variation and weather extremes on soybean productivity. Specifically in this presentation, practitioners will learn: how in-season weather variability affects soybean yield, what impact climate variation has had on annual realized net yield gain at the farm level, what the farm gate cost of climate variability has been to U.S. growers over the last 20 years, and lastly we begin to put forward strategies farmers can consider to mitigate climate reduced production in U.S. soybean yields.

Responsibility: United Soybean Board (USB) farmer-leaders develop and maintain partnerships with U.S. land grant universities and U.S. ag-focused research organizations such as the Plant Management Network to increase the transfer of checkoff-funded applied and practical production research information to U.S. soybean farmers. USB neither recommends nor discourages the implementation of any advice contained herein, and is not liable for the use or misuse of the information provided.

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