The Heat Is On

If what scientists say is true about global warming, that means agriculture in Kentucky will never be the same.

The years of soy beans, corn, wheat and tobacco bringing in millions to Warren County's economy, would be over.

The wide-spread view of scientists like John All says almost a complete reverse of geographic regions is in store for the globe.

"We're going see more agriculture in Canada. Suddenly the Soviet Union and cold lands become more pleasant to live in."

He even suggests switching Kentucky's financially beneficial wheat crop for cotton.

A NASA study finds that if climate takes the hotter turn scientists say it will, cotton yields will be up in the Southeast this century.

The reason being the increase in carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere. Gases in the atmosphere that aren't released into space, keep the Earth considerably warmer.

Scientists believe if we cut down on these gases, the Earth's temperature will cool.

Farmers have been preparing for hotter temperatures for years. Joe Duncan is a retired professor and farmer who says despite a drought this summer, crops hit a record this year.

"Corn for example and major seed companies have developed hybrids that are much better for heat tolerance and drought resistance."

In June and part of July when we were eight inches under for rain, farmer Mike Bullock explained that wheat would be harvested wet or dry because of technological advances in the agriculture industry.

"Five years ago a good wheat average 65 to 70 bushels; last year we had 80; this year we had 90."

Although climate change is a widely accepted phenomenon for the globe as a whole, regional temperatures still can't be calculated.

To look at some of the possible impacts global warming could have on agriculture go to http://yosemite.epa.gov/oar/globalwarming.nsf/content/ImpactsAgriculturePotentialUSImpacts.html


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