Written by Sonia A. Hall, Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources, Washington State University, February 11 and February 28, 2022.
We can learn from short-term and long-term efforts to prepare the tree fruit industry for more frequent, intense, and possibly consecutive climate extremes. Two recent AgClimate.net articles highlight examples. First, we highlight a Good Fruit Grower article that discusses existing breeding programs that have used expected future climate conditions to select traits (more on plant breeding and climate change coming soon!). Second, we point to the recent 2021 Water Year Impacts Assessment, and what we can learn from one unusual year to help prepare for the future.
The 2021 Pacific Northwest Water Year Assessment, is an example of what we can learn one year that helps us prepare for the long term. Source: the cover of the report, available at https://www.drought.gov/documents/2021-pacific-northwest-water-year-impacts-assessment
Sonia A. Hall
Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources, Washington State University
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