How did weather conditions in 2010 impact global corn yield and corn markets? What weather impacts on global production are anticipated this spring? These questions will be addressed at the 9th Annual NOAA Climate Prediction Applications Science Workshop to be held at the Des Moines Downtown Marriott on March 1 - 4.

With increasing demands on U. S. agricultural production, NOAA is engaging in dialogue with producers and agribusiness to identify ways in which climate information may be delivered more efficiently through existing National Weather Service products and an emerging NOAA Climate Service. As a step in this process, a full day of presentations is scheduled for March 1 on the use of climate information in assessing expected yields, beginning with keynote presentations from USDA Undersecretary for REE Dr. Catherine Woteki and NOAA Administrator Dr. Jane Lubchenco.

The day will be capped by a panel of agribusiness representatives who will discuss how climate information enters into their decisions and what additional information would enable them to better navigate market volatility. The panel will include representatives from Iowa Farm Bureau, Monsanto, Telvent DTN Ag Weather, Ag Resource, and ARMTech Insurance Services.

The full conference agenda and registration is available online. For more information, contact Christopher Anderson at

By Christopher Anderson, Iowa State University Climate Science Program