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The Design and Implementation of US Climate Policy$
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Don Fullerton and Catherine Wolfram

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780226269146

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226921983.001.0001

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Is Agricultural Production Becoming More or Less Sensitive to Extreme Heat?

Is Agricultural Production Becoming More or Less Sensitive to Extreme Heat?

Evidence from US Corn and Soybean Yields

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(p.271) 17 Is Agricultural Production Becoming More or Less Sensitive to Extreme Heat?
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The Design and Implementation of US Climate Policy
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Michael J. Roberts

Wolfram Schlenker

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226921983.003.0018

This chapter discusses the effect of a changing climate on agricultural output and how heat tolerance has evolved over time. Empirical studies on the potential effects of climate change in the agricultural sector suggest that crop yields fall dramatically in response to extreme temperatures. The chapter examines the effect of extreme heat and precipitation on corn and soybean yields, and also explains the reasons why corn and soybean are less sensitive to fluctuations in precipitation yet show no improvement in heat tolerance and drought.

Keywords:   climate, heat, climate change, agricultural sector, crop yields, corn, soybean, precipitation, heat tolerance, drought

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