Assessment of Weather Modification Potential for Alleviating Agricultural Droughts in the Midwest

F. A. Huff

Abstract


During 1976-1977, hydroclimatological research was undertaken to help assess the potential utility of weather modification in stimulating crop production during droughts of various intensity in the Midwest. A secondary objective was to develop techniques for applying precipitation climatology in assessing the feasibility and potential benefits of cloud seeding during growing season droughts. This research was limited to Illinois which is typical of much of the Midwest in climate, soils and crop production. The results should provide useful input into future decision-making pertaining to the use of weather modification for alleviating agricultural droughts. Findings should be useful in establishing the limitations of weather modification in agricultural applications, and should assist in determing the scope and direction of future research in weather modification.

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