Wheat, one of the world’s most important crops, is being threatened by climate change

by Chelsea Harvey

Wheat field at harvest time. Photo: Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service/Blair Fannin
Wheat field at harvest time. See full study estimating wheat’s decline with climate change.  Photo: ©©  Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service/Blair Fannin. Click to see larger photo.

A new study published Monday in Nature Climate Change reiterates concerns that wheat — the most significant single crop in terms of human consumption  — might be in big trouble. After comparing multiple studies used to predict the future of global crop production, researchers have found that they all agree on one point: rising temperatures are going to be really bad for wheat production.