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Farmer Perspectives on Agriculture and Weather Variability in the Corn Belt: A Statistical Atlas, Volume 1

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By Adam Loy1, Jon Hobbs1, J. Arbuckle1, Lois Morton1, Linda S. Prokopy2, Tonya Haigh3, Tricia Knoot1, Cody Knutson3, Amber Mase4, Jean Mcguire1, John Tyndall1, Melissa J. Widhalm2

1. Iowa State University 2. Purdue University 3. University of Nebraska-Lincoln 4. University of Wisconsin-Madison

This atlas is the first in a series presenting data from a survey of Corn Belt farmers conducted in 2012 by the Useful to Usable (http://AgClimate4U.org) and Climate and Corn-based Cropping Systems CAP (http://www.sustainablecorn.org) projects.

Version 1.0 - published on 10 Aug 2015 doi:10.4231/R7668B4J - cite this Archived on 25 Oct 2016

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This atlas is the first in a series presenting data from a survey of Corn Belt farmers that was conducted in February and March 2012 by teams comprised from the U2U (http://AgClimate4U.org) and Climate and Corn-based Cropping Systems CAP (http://www.sustainablecorn.org) projects. In 2011, the USDA funded the Climate and Corn-based Cropping Systems CAP (CSCAP) and Useful to Usable (U2U): Transforming Climate Variability and Change Information for Cereal Crop Producers projects. CSCAP seeks to increase resilience and adaptability of Midwest agriculture to more volatile weather patterns by identifying famer practices and policies that increase sustainability while meeting crop demand. U2U seeks to increase resilience and adaptability of Midwestern agriculture by improving the usability and uptake of climate information.

The U2U-CSCAP survey was sent to a stratified random sample of 18,707 farmers with at least US$100,000 of gross sales and a minimum of 80 acres of corn production in 22 six-digit Hydrologic Code Unit (HUC) watersheds (see Appendix A of the Farmer Perspectives on Agriculture and Weather Variability in the Corn Belt Appendix Statistical Atlas for a comprehensive account of survey methods). The 22 watersheds cover a substantial portion of 11 Corn Belt states—Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin—all of which are classified as “major crop areas” for corn and soybean (USDA 1994). Completed surveys were received from 4,778 farmers for an effective response rate of 26%.

This report provides an overview of the U2U-CSCAP survey results by watershed. Each section contains a tabulated presentation of survey data and a series of maps that visually represent the distribution of responses across the entire study region. Data presented are focused on farmer attitudes toward adaptive and mitigative action, farmer beliefs about climate change, farmers’ perceptions of risks and experienced hazards, influences of agricultural actors, the capacity of farmers to deal with climate change and weather-related threats, characteristics of the farms surveyed, and general information regarding weather and marginal soils in the study watersheds.

It is our hope that the maps in this document will be useful to Extension educators and other stakeholders that work with the agricultural community. To lift a map for use in a PowerPoint presentation or other document, simply use the “Take a Snapshot” tool in the Edit Menu of Adobe Reader or Adobe Acrobat to capture the image, then paste it into your presentation or other document. If you require higher resolution images than your default settings provide, go to the Edit Menu, then Preferences, then General. Click the box for “Use fixed resolution for Snapshot tool images” and increase the pixels/inch until the quality is sufficient (150 is a good place to start). Please cite this report as the source.

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Data originally published in 2013 in association with the Cropping Systems Coordinated Agricultural Project (CS-CAP), Ames, IA. Please see page 2 of the downloaded data for a full citation.

See also, Volume 2: Church, S., Haigh, T., Melissa J Widhalm, Prokopy, L., Arbuckle, J., Hobbs, J., Knoot, T., Knutson, C., Loy, A., Mase, A., Mcguire, J., Morton, L., Tyndall, J. (2015). Farmer Perspectives on Agricultural Practices, Information, and Weather Variability in the Corn Belt: A Statistical Atlas, Volume 2. Purdue University Research Repository. doi:10.4231/R79W0CFS

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