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Corn Changing Weather Patterns

Kallina Sims, Writer

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Corn is changing the world. In all seriousness, the Midwest has been planted by so many corn crops that the weather patterns are changing. There is so much corn that it is raining significantly more in some regions. Reports like this have been made since 2007, all showing a change in rainfall. Climatologists have found that particularly corn crops put more moisture into the air through evaporation, causing the areas the corn is grown in to be more humid but slightly cooler temperatures than in other places. Water from the rain and soil also follow the pattern of the plow, which is another affect on the environment of the corn. Corn can not survive outside of the temperature range of 32-110ºF, but grows best between 41-95ºF, therefore the way the weather has been changing is beneficial for the corn’s growth. The Corn Belt refers to land in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Indiana, and Illinois where the primary crop grown is maize and soy beans, but they also have significant amounts of wheat and livestock. The corn affecting local weather is helping scientists to understand climate change better. Corn plants are highly productive at assimilating carbon dioxide in the air, but on a long-term scale corn will not be able to be a solution to climate change. Corn has always been a staple in American agriculture and is used for a large variety of products. As of now, the corn changing the weather has not posed a serious problem, not that anyone would know what to do if it were a problem.

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