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Climate change takes a toll on Triangle farmers

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Climate change is causing big delays for Triangle farmers. Climate change is causing big delays for Triangle farmers.
RALEIGH, N.C. - The White House released the third National Climate Assessment, analyzing the impacts of climate change on various sectors and regions across the U.S. Tuesday. 

 The report predicts heat waves and flooding in the Northeast, longer growing seasons in the Midwest, drought and more wildfires in the west, and less access to water and changes to the landscape in the Southeast. 

Climate change is causing big delays for Triangle farmers.

William Wise is a farmer with Wise farms in Mt.Olive who sells his product at the North Carolina State Farmer's Market. He says that farmers are planting later than they use to.

"This year has been cold and wet from the beginning," he said. "We just haven't had any good showings this year."

Wise said when it comes to the climate and the crops, it's all about timing. The weather has pushed harvests back by weeks, even months in some cases.

"You have a certain amount of time on the calendar," he said. "The maturity date comes around but you get delayed in the spring putting it out, so you have two weeks there that you've lost and that maturity stage matures whether it's ready or not and that might make a shorter crop."

The less green that grows means less green in farmers pockets.

According to the National Climate Change Assessment, the summer heat is expected to reduce crop productivity, especially if a drought comes with it. But steps are being taken to soften the blow. Something that Wise hopes for soon so his crops can continue to grow.

To view the full assessment, click here.

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