Extreme Rains Affect Farms Worldwide

Irregular weather is disrupting crops in this global phenomenon
Staff Writer

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The floods’ impact reaches from Illinois to Germany.

Yet another climatic catastrophe is having a global impact on farms and cropland.

Countries in America, South America, and Europe have all been experiencing unusually heavy rainfall, reports the Modern Farmer. The publication cited Cornell Climatologist David Wolfe, who told them that climate change could be playing a part.

Corn and soybeans are being washed out in Illinois while asparagus and strawberries in Germany have also fallen victim to the extreme weather conditions. In Bolivia, rains have destroyed bananas, citrus fruits, and coca fields.  Vermont and Missouri are among the areas where there have been thousands of acres of damage.

Other environmental scientists have researched the international phenomenon. In a study published by international science journal, Nature, research found that “human-influenced global warming may be partly responsible for increases in heavy precipitation.”

A warmer earth means more evaporation, which is leading to more moisture in the air.  Wolfe told the Modern Farmer that while this does not increase the frequency of rain, it does mean that the rain that falls is faster and heavier, which is likely to cause more damage.

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