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Challenges facing grain growing in the North

Challenges facing grain growing in the North

A longer growing season and more favourable conditions for photosynthesis created by higher carbon dioxide content in the atmosphere will make grain growing easier in Finland. However, harvest levels will largely depend on the results of plant breeding efforts. Inadequate water supplies are another risk factor as precipitation in the summer months does not necessarily grow at the same rate as the plants' water needs.

Further information

Peltonen-Sainio, P., L. Jauhiainen, T. Palosuo, K. Hakala and K. Ruosteenoja, 2015. Rainfed crop production challenges under European high-latitude conditions. Regional Environmental Change, doi:10.1007/s10113-015-0875-1.


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