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Climate 2017, 5(3), 64; doi:10.3390/cli5030064

Adaption to Climate Change through Fallow Rotation in the U.S. Pacific Northwest

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Department of Applied Economics, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR 97330, USA
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Department of Geography and Environmental Sustainability, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK 73019, USA
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Department of Agricultural Economics, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX 77843, USA
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Academic Editor: Yang Zhang
Received: 11 July 2017 / Revised: 7 August 2017 / Accepted: 8 August 2017 / Published: 15 August 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Strategies for Climate Mitigation and Adaptation in Agriculture)
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In this paper, we study the use of wheat land fallow production systems as a climate change adaptation strategy. Using data from the U.S. Census of Agriculture, we find that fallow is an important adaption strategy for wheat farms in the U.S. Pacific Northwest region. In particular, we find that a warmer and wetter climate increases the share of fallow in total cropland and thus reduces cropland in production. Our simulations project that, on average by 2050, the share of fallow (1.5 million acres in 2012) in the U.S. Pacific Northwest region will increase by 1.3% (0.12 million acres) under a medium climate change scenario and by 1.8% (0.16 million acres) under a high climate change scenario. View Full-Text
Keywords: agriculture; fallow rotation; climate change; adaptation agriculture; fallow rotation; climate change; adaptation
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Zhang, H.; Mu, J.E.; McCarl, B.A. Adaption to Climate Change through Fallow Rotation in the U.S. Pacific Northwest. Climate 2017, 5, 64.

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