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Briefing 1063: Climate change - arable crops

This paper is summarised from Farming Futures Fact Sheet 10, ‘Focus on arable crops’

Year of Publication2010

UK farmers are well placed to increase arable production with a warming temperate climate, a Government food strategy that supports an increase in sustainable food production and a developing biofuels market. But there are other objectives including recapturing the benefits of set-aside, improving the water environment reducing nitrous oxide emissions from soils, managing market volatility and rising input prices, coping with changing pest and disease pressures, and changing pesticides regulation. Efficient use of resources is essential to maintaining profitability, as is the development and uptake of new technologies and plant varieties to maintain yield improvements in a changing climate.

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