Right now, Iowa is the corn and soybean production leader in the country. But according to former ISU Extension Agricultural Economist Don Hofstrand, if global warming continues as it has – that could change.
Hofstrand predicts that Canada will start producing these crops at a large clip – and that southern and central Minnesota will most likely be the production leader for both corn and soybeans in the next 20-30 years.
These yields dropping in Iowa will force nationwide quality to dip – as Minnesota soil doesn’t compare to Iowa.
Hofstrand only sees two solutions to this farmer inevitability:
- Stop the warming of the Earth.
- Create hybrid crops that are able to produce huge yields at higher temperatures.
He says research has been done on number 2 – but not nearly enough.