Need information on climate science and what climate variability means for agriculture and communities? We’re here to help.

The North Central Climate Collaborative (NC3) is made up of Extension professionals from across the region who are working to increase the flow and usability of climate information for Extension, farmers, natural resource managers, and communities. The team is working to increase the adoption of climate-smart practices, improving water management, while maintaining profitability.

Upcoming Webinar:

Drought Decision Calendars for Specialty Crops
Monday, December 14th, 2020 at 1 PM CT
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This webinar will highlight a recent project engaging specialty crop growers in the Midwest to better understand the seasonality of their decisions and drought information needs. The project has resulted in graphical decision calendars for grape, apple, cranberry, and irrigated potato production. Decision calendars describe the timing of management practices and decisions that are made throughout crop planting, growing, harvest, and dormant seasons, along with the climate-related concerns that impact the outcomes of management decisions. Decision calendars can help identify opportunities for inserting climate information into a decision process. We will discuss how decision calendars can be used to communicate and improve the usability of drought/climate monitoring and prediction science.

The project was administered through NOAA’s Sectoral Application Research Program and funded by the National Integrated Drought Information System.

Featured Speakers:

Dr. Tonya Haigh, Rural Sociology Research Specialist with the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln

Dr. Dennis Todey, Director of the USDA Midwest Climate Hub in Ames. IA

Dr. Jason Otkin, Research Scientist at the Space Science and Engineering Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison



New Resource:

NC3 has developed the first in a series of state-based climate summaries overviewing the 4th National Climate Assessment Volume II: Impacts, Risks and Adaption in the United States.

The state summaries have a section for each of the sections int he 4th National Climate Assessment and are intended to provide an easy-to-understand state-level update on climate impacts and risks. The first state climate summary to be released focuses on Nebraska and has sections dedicated to Water, Agriculture, Recreation and Tourism, Energy, and Indigenous Peoples. Each section is designed separately so the summary can be used as a whole or as an individual section.

Stay tuned, more state climate summaries are coming soon!