From Almonds To Rice, Climate Change Could Slash California Crop Yields By 2050

  • 2018-03-05
  • NPR

Climate change could decrease the yield of some crops in California by up to 40 percent by 2050. That's a big deal for farmers in the state, which provides about two-thirds of the nation's produce.

California farmers grow more than 400 commodity crops. Tapan Pathak, a University of California Cooperative Extension specialist based in California's Central Valley, and his research team analyzed 89 studies on climate change and discovered that warming temperatures may alter where crops grow across the state. Their findings were published in the journal Agronomy.

"In order to make California agriculture more sustainable, we have to act now," Pathak says.