Southern Plains assessment of vulnerability and preliminary adaptation and mitigation strategies for farmers, ranchers, and forest land ownersAuthor(s): Jean L. Steiner; Jeanne M. Schneider; Clay Pope; Sarah Pope; Paulette Ford; Rachel F. Steele; Terry Anderson
Source: El Reno, OK: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Southern Plains Climate Hub, ARS Grazinglands Research Laboratory. 61 p.
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Station: Rocky Mountain Research Station
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The Southern Plains region contributes significantly to the Nation’s wheat and beef production. Winter wheat is the principal annual crop, with much of it serving dual-use as a cool-season annual forage in addition to grain production. Cattle are raised on extensive pasture and rangelands across the region. Agricultural production and farm income in the Southern Plains are sensitive to weather variability. For example, the severe 2010/2011 drought resulted in the loss of billions of dollars in the agriculture sector. Agricultural losses were estimated to exceed $1.7 billion in Oklahoma and $5.2 billion in Texas, with more than half the Texas losses attributed to livestock and hay enterprises.
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Steiner, Jean L.; Schneider, Jeanne M.; Pope, Clay; Pope, Sarah; Ford, Paulette; Steele, Rachel F.; Anderson, Terry, ed. 2015. Southern Plains assessment of vulnerability and preliminary adaptation and mitigation strategies for farmers, ranchers, and forest land owners. El Reno, OK: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Southern Plains Climate Hub, ARS Grazinglands Research Laboratory. 61 p.
KeywordsSouthern Plains, climate change, adaption, mitigation, conservation
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