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Author: Sonia A. Hall

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Real-life agricultural innovation: implications for future preparedness

Extension has traditionally involved getting results from researchers to decision-makers in agriculture. Partly because I work on climate change and agriculture, and partly because of…

Global agricultural regions to keep your eye on in the future

One challenge I struggle with when sharing research focused at global scales is how to tease out answers to questions that are meaningful in the…

Drought and small revenues – do they always go hand in hand?

The conditions the Northwest experienced in 2015 have received a lot of attention, because we saw drought even though precipitation was close to normal. So…

Let the worms do the work – Critters help dairies manage manure

Managing manure is a big part of what goes on at the “back end” of a dairy. Doing it well is important to avoid impacts…

Parched and drenched – we can expect both in the Northwest

The snow-covered landscape, the Columbia River, and the pine forests covered with signs of the recent ice storm provided the backdrop for the Climate Impacts…

Hot, hotter, hottest (so far) – Should I care?

I must confess that sometimes I like geeking out on data—raw climate data, for example. But most of the time I don’t have enough background…

Keep an eye on those pests! Vigilance and adaptability to climate change

I’m a “lumper” rather than a “splitter.” Give me lots of details on different crops, yields, pests, or weeds, and I’ll try to pull out…

How useful are models anyway? An example, now open for public comment

Water, water everywhere… but will it continue to be there in the future? Will it be available when we need it? Or do we need…

Perspectives on Agriculture in a Changing Climate – It’s complicated!

“Agriculture” in the Pacific Northwest encompasses a lot—dryland and irrigated systems, beef and dairy production, grains and other field crops, vegetables, fruit trees, pastures, other…

Early 2015 drought loss numbers are coming in – Where is my crystal ball?

Originally published on Agriculture Climate Network February 22, 2016 There is little doubt that last year’s high temperatures and water scarcity—because of the warm, low-snowpack…
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