A warming Midwest increases likelihood that farmers will need to irrigate
Evan DeLucia
Evan DeLucia. Photo by L. Brian Stauffer.
June 18, 2019

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — If current climate and crop-improvement trends continue into the future, Midwestern corn growers who today rely on rainfall to water their crops will need to irrigate their fields, a new study finds. This could draw down aquifers, disrupt streams and rivers, and set up conflicts between agricultural and other human and ecological needs for water, scientists say.

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