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Climate Change Has Become a Major Obstacle For Maize.

Updated: Nov 24

Climate change is of ultimate concern to economists and agriculturalists as agriculture and climate change closely relate.

A report by NASA ( November 4, 2021 ) indicates that rising global temperatures could put more stress on the plants. NASA hopes the study will help in researching how lower crop yields would affect the planet's economy and farming practices as regions respond to the changes during the century.


Effects Of Climate Change On Maize


Maize is moderately sensitive to salt stress; therefore, soil salinity is a serious threat to its production worldwide. Climate change, by the NASA report, may affect the production of maize (corn) and wheat as early as 2030 under a high greenhouse gas emissions. Maize crop yields are projected to decline 24%.



Background


During spring 2019 (Feb-May) and autumn 2019 (Sept-Dec) Salicrop conducted

two corn field trials to test seeds treatments and their efficacy to improve plant yield facing extreme desert conditions such as drought, heat and soil salinity environment.

The experiment conducted in collaboration with Kibbutz Yotveta grower in the Southern tip of Israel. The field trial was irrigated with salty (brackish) water of EC 5 to 2.5.


Treatment


The grower cultivated treated seeds side by side next to untreated seeds. Field was

divided into two plots, first was irrigated with salty (brackish) water of EC=4.5-5

while the second with EC=2.5, for both treated and untreated seeds.

Increase in Marketed corn cobs yielded 57% following Salicrop's treatment


Weather inconsistency is a common phenomenon in the present-day world and a threat to agriculture. Salicrop is bonding with farmers and partners to address and solve soil salinity, drought, and heat stresses which are global threats to arid and semi-arid regions.




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