Tue, Jul 17, 2018
3:40pm to 5:40pm
Weather risk in agriculture is ubiquitous. With remainder of 2018 growing season still ahead, this presentation will provide insight on how weather across the US and the world has impacted production agriculture. We will highlight the locations where significant weather stress (i.e., hail, winds, flood, drought etc) has impacted yields and analyze the regions that are most vulnerable to adverse weather moving forward. We will identify the garden spots and take a high resolution look at how weather has historically impacted yields/production across the US. Our attention will then turn to the weather forecast for the remainder of the summer for the entire US, and have a discussion on how weather will impact US corn and soybean yields. We will also discuss global weather patterns (i.e., El Nino/La Nina and the Atlantic Hurricane Season) and how the weather in China and Europe has impacted ag in those regions. We will finish with a preliminary harvest forecast and a brief discussion about South American agriculture.
Eric Snodgrass is the Director of Undergraduate Studies for the Department of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Each year, he guides over 1800 students through the wild side of weather in ATMS 120: Severe and Hazardous Weather. He teaches advanced courses on General Physical Meteorology (ATMS 201), Meteorological Instrumentation (ATMS 315), Economics of Weather (ATMS 491) and supervises numerous Capstone Research projects. Snodgrass also teaches ENSU 310: Renewable and Alternative Energy for the Environmental Sustainability Program. He advises all undergraduate majors and minors in atmospheric science (~100 students) and supervises graduate teaching assistants and master’s students. He serves on numerous committees and boards on campus including the Provost’s Teaching Advancement Board (Chair), Student Sustainability Committee and the Provost Task Force on Improving Large Enrollment Courses. Snodgrass’ research initiatives focus on K-12 science education. He has recently been awarded the LAS Teaching Excellence award, the Campus Teaching Excellence Award, and the Campus Teaching Excellent Award in Online and Distance Education. Also, his online version of ATMS 120 was awarded the 2012 "Best Online Course" from the University Professional Continuing Education Association (a national organization).
Snodgrass’ research focuses on weather analysis and forecasting applications to global agriculture production. He presents his research as a featured speaker at over 40 conferences annually. He is the co-founder of Global Weather and Climate Logistics, LLC. which is a private company that provides logistical guidance and solutions to weather sensitive financial institutions. In 2014, his company merged with Agrible Inc., a precision farm management and predictive analytics company, where he is also co-founder and senior atmospheric scientist. He provides weekly weather updates that focus on weather risk in US agriculture. His current research uses machine learning to better understand field level weather impacts on yields in the US and how to increase confidence in long-range predictions of these impacts.