Thank you for the article “Here’s how the weather is affecting crops.”


I can’t imagine my livelihood being dependent on the weather. I’ve been a gardener for 60 years; I started when I was 10. A few years ago, a section of my garden was seeming to flood more frequently so I put in raised beds. A farmer does not have that option. Another section of my garden sits on higher sandy soil. When just a week of hot, dry weather sets in, my plants begin to wilt. I get out the hose and help them make it through the dry spell. Not all farmers can afford large irrigation systems.


Alfalfa weevil, potato leafhoppers and fusarium head blight are just a few of the enemies of the farmer. Science has helped the farmer in the war. But science has some bad news for the farmer. Climate is the average of weather in an area over a long period of time. Climate science is telling us that our climate is changing rapidly due to the introduction by man of greenhouse gases. The 20 hottest years on record have all occurred since 1995. The greenhouse gas carbon dioxide has reached levels not seen in 3 million years when sea levels were 60 ft. higher.


In grade school we all learned that warm air can hold more moisture than cold air and moisture will eventually fall as precipitation. Just as the current pandemic could care less if we believe in it, the same is true of climate. The science behind pandemics and climate is clear. Likewise, climate is not going to stop because we don’t believe it. It will continue because science tells us it will until we do something to stop it.


We all depend on farmers for our food and we all must be willing to do our part to help the farmer as the climate continues to change.


Pat Schoen


Citizens Climate Lobby Volunteer


Petersburg