Indiana CCA Conference 2018 Presentation



Soil & Water
Wed, Dec 19, 2018
8:00am to 8:50am


Soil & Water
Wed, Dec 19, 2018
1:00pm to 1:50pm


The Indiana Climate Change Impacts Assessment analyzed the direct and indirect effects of temperature, precipitation and carbon dioxide (CO2) on agronomic and horticultural crops, livestock and poultry production and soil and water resources in Indiana through 2100 in order to identify future challenges and opportunities for agriculture in the state. Warmer overnight temperatures in Indiana have contributed to reduced corn yields over the last decade. Changes in winter conditions will pose a threat to some perennial crops, while expanding the area suitable for others. Heat stress poses a major challenge to livestock production, with decreased feed intake expected with temperatures exceeding 30 °C over 69-129 days per year by the end of the century. These losses could be partially compensated by adaptation measures such as changes in cropping systems, planting date, crop genetics, soil health, and additional infrastructure. Overall, agricultural production is expected to continue to thrive in Indiana. By identifying potential risks now, producers can make strategic decisions now to help minimize future impacts. 


Laura Bowling

Professor of Agronomy
Purdue University

Laura earned her bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and water resources from Princeton University, and her master’s and doctorate from the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Washington, Seattle. Laura is a full Professor with research and teaching responsibilities in the Department of Agronomy at Purdue University, and has a courtesy appointment in the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering. Laura teaches an undergraduate course in Environmental Hydrology and Hydrologic Field Skills, and serves as an undergraduate advisor. She also mentors several graduate students and teaches a graduate level course in Statistical Hydrology. Her research interests include quantifying the hydrologic and water quality impacts of agricultural drainage practices, investigation of edge-of-field and watershed-scale conservation measures to mitigate the impacts, and evaluation of water resources sustainability, with emphasis on agricultural water use. Laura serves as a member of the Executive Committee of both the Purdue Climate Change Research Center and the Purdue Water Community, and as one of the Purdue representatives to the Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science, Inc. (CUAHSI). She also serves on the University Library Committee.​