Better models could help markets, policymakers brace for impacts of crop loss

Droughts or heat waves have consequences that spread beyond farmers; these fluctuations in crop yields can send shockwaves through food supplies and prices. In a new study, researchers with NASA, the UChicago and the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research added data on when specific regions plant and harvest crops—and found it was the single most effective way to improve the simulations.