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Agronomy Reports
  • Jim Angel, University of Illinois
  • Chris Swanston, U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • Barbara Mayes Boustead, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • Kathryn C. Conlon, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Kimberly R. Hall, The Nature Conservancy
  • Jenna L. Jorns, University of Michigan
  • Kenneth E. Kunkel, North Carolina State University
  • Maria Carmen Lemos, University of Michigan
  • Brent Lofgren, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • Todd A. Ontl, U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • John Posey, East West Gateway Council of Governments
  • Kim Stone, Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission
  • Eugene Takle, Iowa State University
  • Dennis Todey, U.S. Department of Agriculture
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The Midwest is home to over 60 million people, and its active economy represents 18% of the U.S. gross domestic product. The region is probably best known for agricultural production. Increases in growingseason temperature in the Midwest are projected to be the largest contributing factor to declines in the productivity of U.S. agriculture. Increases in humidity in spring through mid-century are expected to increase rainfall, which will increase the potential for soil erosion and further reduce planting-season workdays due to waterlogged soil.


This chapter is published as Angel, J., C. Swanston, B.M. Boustead, K.C. Conlon, K.R. Hall, J.L. Jorns, K.E. Kunkel, M.C. Lemos, B. Lofgren, T.A. Ontl, J. Posey, K. Stone, G. Takle, and D. Todey, 2018: Midwest. In Impacts, Risks, and Adaptation in the United States: Fourth National Climate Assessment, Volume II [Reidmiller, D.R., C.W. Avery, D.R. Easterling, K.E. Kunkel, K.L.M. Lewis, T.K. Maycock, and B.C. Stewart (eds.)]. U.S. Global Change Research Program, Washington, DC, USA, pp. 872–940. doi: 10.7930/NCA4.2018.CH21.

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Jim Angel, Chris Swanston, Barbara Mayes Boustead, Kathryn C. Conlon, et al.. "Midwest" (2018)
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