Arizona Climate Change Could Stress Southwest Crops
The report shows that a warmer, drier climate in the southwest is projected to accelerate as agricultural water shifts toward growing urban areas and potentially moves crop production northward. The article points to the report’s stress on high-valued specialty crops, such as lettuce, fruits, and nuts, which can be found widely in the Yuma area of Arizona. Climate change could put these farmers on alert for potential change, as the southwest produces more than half of the nation’s high-value specialty crops.
Reagan Waskom, director of the Colorado Water Institute and co-author of the new report's Southwest chapter, says, "Arizona farmers know about heat stress, about heat and drought down there.