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Monday, December 28, 2015

Unpredictable Precipitation Will Complicate Idaho's Irrigated Agriculture

Unpredictable Precipitation Will Complicate Idaho's Irrigated Agriculture: Southern Idaho’s irrigated agriculture is already feeling the rise in global temperatures.

“We’ve already been affected,” said Shirrel Silvester, a longtime farmer south of Twin Falls whose profitability has been hurt by weather extremes and instability.

“What you see outside your backyard is not the climate,” said Hans Peter Marshall, a geoscientist at Boise State University. Climate refers to weather patterns on a large scale, over large regions and for long periods. Climate change, however, will affect local weather.