(Columbia)–Missouri’s climate has changed. Pat Guinan is a University of Missouri climatologist.
Guinan says Missouri is in an unprecedented warming and wet pattern – especially in the winter and spring – which means a longer growing season…
But, he says, farmers face wetter conditions at planting and harvest and the potential for plant disease and insects has increased as a result.
Guinan says the minimum temperatures in Missouri are warmer but the maximum temperatures in summer have diminished while Missouri weather has become more humid. He points out Missouri weather can change quickly – as shown by the drought in 2012 – and the state’s farmers have learned to adapt.