Two articles that were published this week describe the differences in crop yield that come from global variations in climate. Growing Georgia posted an article which pointed out that nearly ideal climate conditions in the Grain Belt have led to predictions of a near-record crop, leading to price reductions which could cause farmers to take an economic hit. You can read that article by clicking here.
At the same time, Reuters (in Yahoo News) posted an article describing how El Nino effects are already negatively impacting drought conditions in Central America. Reduced rainfall has caused increasing drought, food shortages, and worsening hunger in recent months. Even though an El Nino has not officially developed yet, the early precursors of what is expected to be a weak El Nino have already caused problems for farmers in this part of the world. You can read this story by clicking here.