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Study: Sorghum Climate Resistant if Good Policies Followed

In this study the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES) of the University of Illinois compare how West African sorghum crop yields will fare in the higher temperatures and higher CO2 of the future and if specific farming management practices or technologies are adopted than if they are not adopted.

As the globe continues to spin toward a future with higher temperatures, crop yields will likely decrease if farmers do not adapt to new management and technology practices

Establishing new strategies is particularly difficult for sorghum farmers in West Africa where seed varieties and fertiliser are scarce, while drought and unpredictable rainfall are prevalent.

Using more heat-resistant sorghum varieties may yield the most benefits, research shows.

Lawrence Berkeley Nat'l Lab/Roy Kaltschmidt

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