Iowa Scientists: Climate Change Affecting Farming

The leaves of corn stalks turn upward to collect more water when it comes, on a farm west of Center Point, Iowa, on Tuesday, July 11, 2012. Much of the midwest is in a moderate to severe drought. (Nikole Hanna/The Gazette-KCRG)

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By Rachel Begle

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Several Iowa scientist are releasing a report on how they believe climate change is affecting farmers.

A report "Iowa Climate Statement 2012: Climate Change Threatens Iowa Farms" will be released Friday at Drake University.

Researchers and professors from Iowa State University, the University of Iowa, the University of Northern Iowa, Drake, and Mount Mercy University will release the report.

The report looks at the extreme weather this year marked by the wettest spring on record followed by the second-driest July through September ever.

The release of the report is part of the Iowa Climate Science Educators Forum, a daylong meeting of science faculty, researchers and students from Iowa colleges and universities.

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