A new report says global warming could impact Wisconsin's corn crop, to the tune of some $41 million a year. The report, Hotter Fields, Lower Yields , examined the impact rising temperatures will have on the nation's number one crop. Dan Kohler with Wisconsin Environment says corn, America's largest crop, is particularly vulnerable to productivity losses from higher temperatures.
"Corn likes it cool, but global warming is raising temperatures in Wisconsin and across the nation," said Kohler. "Global warming is raising temperatures in Wisconsin and across the nation. Global warming will mean lower yields for corn, and eventually the rest of agriculture."
Sue Beitlich with the Wisconsin Farmers Union said the report brings an agricultural perspective to the global warming debate. "Farmers are impacted, and truly farmers can be part of the solution," said Beitlich. "We can't just keep burying or heads in the sand. We need solutions, and we need action."
The report analyzes expected future impacts on the state's corn crop using a 2008 study by the federal government.