A team of researchers including a Kansas State University professor releases results of a study that measures the effects of climate change on wheat yields, findings that may have implications for future wheat breeding efforts worldwide.
Agricultural economist Andrew Barkley, who has studied wheat for nearly 30 years, says that the team’s major finding is that heat appears to be more damaging to wheat yields than freezing temperatures.
“There’s a lot of evidence to suggest that temperatures will increase in the future,” Barkley said. “What we’ve done here is estimate the impact of what might happen to wheat yields if temperatures increase in Kansas.”
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