New findings on soybeans, climate, and yields

Shawn P. Conley, Soybean and Wheat Extension Specialist

Global annual temperatures have increased by 0.4°C since 1980 with several regions exhibiting even greater increases. Climate change appears to have affected crop yields in some countries, and these effects are expected to continue. Crop management strategies could help to mitigate the potential negative impacts of climate change on crop yields. Strategies include the development of new cultivars and hybrids, altered maturity groups, changes in planting dates, the use of cover crops, and greater management of previous crop residues. However, it is important to understand in-season weather variability before any specific adaptation strategies are proposed.

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