Indiana farmers will face climate change challenges, according to report

File photo of Indiana farm (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/GettyImages)

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — A new report says Indiana farmers will have to change the types of crops they sow, the timing of plantings and adapt in other ways to the changing climate.

Purdue University’s Climate Change Resource Center released its latest report Tuesday on global warming’s expected impact on Indiana. The report says the state will likely see heavier rainfall patterns, earlier springs and hotter summers in the decades ahead.

The report says warmer and wetter weather could lead to more weeds, pests and diseases. Warmer overnight temperatures could also lead to a decrease in corn production.

Researchers says increased temperatures could also put farm workers at a higher risk and cause livestock heat stress.

Tim Schulz operates Engelbrecht’s Orchard in Evansville. He says he’s already struggled with the effects of warming temperatures.

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