Farmers in the US state of Missouri are increasingly faced with the prospect of the worst drought in decades, and are already struggling to find a way to cope.
The state is grappling with a surge in arid and semi-arid conditions, with one area experiencing a record-high of 8.3 feet of rainfall in a single day, in August.
In the last month, rainfall has dropped to 2.3 inches, with the last three months all topping 4.4 inches.
Farmers have also been hit by drought conditions in California, the western US and elsewhere in the Midwest.
In Montana, farmers are also experiencing extreme heat, with record-breaking heat in August forcing the cancellation of thousands of farm work days.
“It’s a big deal,” said Paul Bock, an assistant director of agriculture and environmental studies at the University of Montana.
“People have to make choices about what to do.
They’re trying to manage what is a very difficult situation.”
Farmers in Missouri have already had to change the way they do business, Bock said, with farmers choosing to plant more and fewer trees in the winter to reduce water consumption.
“We have to adapt to that,” Bock told the Guardian.
How do you grow what you need?” “
There’s a lot of different things you have to think about.
How do you grow what you need?”
Bock believes the climate change driven drought in the state will make it easier for farmers to do the right thing, but that is only half the battle.
“Climate change has the capacity to change things in a way that is very difficult to predict,” Bocks said.
We’re also seeing a really high amount of heat stress in the northern part of the state, and it’s also making it very difficult for the people to survive the heat. “
I think we’re already seeing a lot more drought and more drought-related losses than usual.
Bock thinks the climate could be the tipping point for farmers and ranchers to do something about the drought. “
The drought is affecting the people of the United States, but there’s more to come.”
Bock thinks the climate could be the tipping point for farmers and ranchers to do something about the drought.
“One of the things we can do is start planning for the future.
We can start looking at the past, and try to work on the future,” he said.
The United States is experiencing a new kind of extreme weather, called “hot spot” weather, which can last for months.
While hot spot weather is normally confined to the south and east, the drought in Missouri has been affecting farmers and others around the country.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) says this year’s record-shattering heat is leading to record-setting heatwaves across the US.
The agency is forecasting that more than 3,500 million people will experience at least one degree Celsius of heat, up from 2,500m in 2015.
Bock predicts that climate change could be causing more extreme weather to hit the US in the coming years.
“This drought is going to be a lot worse than what we’ve experienced before, and the impact will be a little bit more severe,” he explained.
“But I think it’s going to happen, and we need to do everything we can to prepare for it.”
Farmers have been forced to switch from being able to use trees for mulch to more conventional methods, like planting manure and compost.
“In the past the biggest thing we’ve been able to do was use compost,” said Bill Wylie, a farmer in Missouri.
We have to get some new technology.””
Mulch is not the answer, it’s just not a solution.
We have to get some new technology.”